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Table 3 Pharmacological treatment in patients with acute LBP (n = 346)

From: Management of low back pain in general practice – is it of acceptable quality: an observational study among 25 general practices in South Tyrol (Italy)

Medication Acute lumbar pain (n = 265) Acute sciatica (n = 81) p-value
No medication 4.9% 6.2% 0.65
Paracetamol 5.7% 9.9% 0.18
Paracetamol + codeine 8.7% 8.6% 1
NSAID 85.3% ]90.1% 0.26
Tramadol 1.1% 7.4% <0.05
Muscle relaxant 6.8% 17.3% <0.05
Benzodiazepine 2.6% 1.2% 0.46
Steroids 3.4% 9.9% <0.05
Gabapentin 0.4% 3.7% <0.05
  1. Data relate to all consultations, not just the first consultation.
  2. More than one medication per patient possible.
  3. NSAID: non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs.