USA – Acute pain treatment guideline released

The guideline is based on findings from two systematic evidence reviews. Overall, it recommends topical NSAIDs as first-line therapy for patients experiencing pain from these types of injuries. The guideline also recommends that clinicians not prescribe opioids except in cases of severe injury or if patients cannot tolerate first-line therapeutic options.

« This guideline is not intended to provide a one-size-fits-all approach to managing non-low back pain, » AAFP President Gary LeRoy, M.D., of Dayton, Ohio, said in a press release. « Our main objective was to provide a sound and transparent framework to guide family physicians in shared decision-making with patients. »…