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.