Specialists reject diazepam for low back pain
There is no evidence to support the use of benzodiazepines, such as diazepam, as a muscle relaxant to relieve low back pain, says a pain management specialist.
Dr Mick Vagg, chair of the faculty of pain medicine at the Australian and New Zealand College of Anaesthetists, says all healthcare providers should discuss the appropriateness of benzodiazepines with patients.
They have no place for back pain, he adds.
“For acute low back pain, there is no treatment which consistently improves the natural history," Dr Vagg told 6minutes.
"Prolonged rest worsens