Recommend Limiting Use of Muscle Relaxants to 7 Days for Acute Low Back Pain

The focus on limiting opioids will raise questions about the role of muscle relaxants (cyclobenzaprine, etc) for acute low back pain.

About 1 in 3 patients with low back pain are on a muscle relaxant.

But there's limited evidence they improve symptoms. Most don't directly relax muscles...any benefit is likely due to a sedative effect.

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