Multidisciplinary option for refractory lower back pain

Multidisciplinary biopsychosocial rehabilitation (MBR) lowers pain levels in chronic lower back pain patients compared with usual treatments although the difference is not huge, according to an Australian systematic review.

The Cochrane study, which looked at 41 randomised controlled trials involving 6,858 participants, found a one point difference between MBR and usual treatments on a 10 point scale for pain.