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Table 4 Modes of NSAID application at first consultation 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)

Mode of application Acute lumbar pain (n = 265) Acute sciatica (n = 81) p-value
NSAID    
Oral 69.3% 60.6% 0.11
Intramuscular 17.0% 30.9% <0.05
Intramuscular and oral 8.7% 4.3% 0.15
Intravenous 2.7% 3.2% 0.79
Transdermal 2.3% 1.1% 0.45
  1. More than one medication per patient possible (number of prescribed medications: np=394).
  2. NSAID: non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (note: in Italy also available for intravenous and transdermal application).