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Physiotherapy Interventions for the Management of Neck and/or Back Pain: A Review of Clinical and Cost-Effectiveness

Last updated: June 29, 2017
Project Number: RC0898-000
Product Line: Rapid Response
Research Type: Devices and Systems
Report Type: Summary with Critical Appraisal
Result type: Report

Question

  1. What is the clinical effectiveness of physiotherapy interventions for the management of acute or chronic neck and/or back pain?
  2. What is the cost-effectiveness of physiotherapy interventions for the management of acute or chronic neck and/or back pain?

Key Message

Evidence regarding the clinical effectiveness of physiotherapy for the management of neck and/or back pain was generally favourable or neutral, and no adverse effects were reported; however, the body of evidence was limited and was largely low- to moderate- in quality. No studies were identified that compared the clinical effectiveness of physiotherapy and opioids. No evidence for the cost-effectiveness of physiotherapy interventions for the management of acute or chronic neck and/or back pain was identified.