According to a newly published article in The New York Times, taking two aspirin, or any over-the-counter pain reliever, should no longer be the first choice to combat back pain.

“We need to look at therapies that are nonpharmacological first”, stated Dr. Nitin Damle, president of the group’s board of regents and a practicing internist.

The new guidelines suggest that before patients try anti-inflammatories or muscle relaxants, they should try alternative therapies like exercise, acupuncture, massage therapy or yoga.

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