Not Effective Against Back Pain: Paracetamol (Acetominophen)

Not Effective Against Back Pain: Paracetamol (Acetominophen)

April 6, 2015

What’s not effective against back pain? A new study tells us.

Back pain affects tens of millions of people each year leading to significant loss of productivity. Traditional treatment modalities include rest, activity modifications, and over-the-counter pain relievers such as anti-inflammatory medications (ibuprofen) or acetaminophen.

Unlike non-steroidal anti-inflammatory medicines (NSAIDS), acetaminophen is generally well tolerated with a low risk of gastric bleeds, renal and blood pressure side effects. However, in a recent study highlighted by the BBC, researchers showed that acetaminophen was not effective against back pain in an analysis of controlled trials. However, prior to discontinuing or switching any medications, you should consult with your physician.

As cited by the BBC modality that has been shown effective at relieving and improving the symptoms of mechanical low back pain is a stretching and strengthening exercise program of the core and lumbar muscles. SimpleTherapy can offer you a customized exercise therapy program for your lower back.

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