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Keywords:

  • Back Pain;
  • Biopsychosocial;
  • Counter;
  • Irritant;
  • Self-Management

ABSTRACT

Urtication refers to the deliberate stinging of the skin with nettles. Throughout history urtication has been used for a range of different purposes. This case describes an interesting clinical encounter in which a patient with recurring low back pain reports using urtication to help with pain control. Some recent research into this previously more widespread pain-relieving strategy is also discussed.