CHRONIC BACK PAIN - the pain that keeps on giving!

31/3/18 - A systematic review and meta-analysis published today in the British Medical Journal, reporting on the efficacy and safety of paracetamol for the management of spinal pain and osteoarthritis of the hip or knee, concludes that paracetamol is ineffective for the treatment of low back pain, and provides minimal short term benefit for those suffering with osteoarthritis of the hip or knee. The researchers recommend reconsidering the use of paracetamol in clinical practice guidelines.

10/2/16 - A Cochrane Systematic review to determine the efficacy of NSAIDs (non-steroidal anti-inflammatories) for chronic low back pain (LBP) was conducted, and conclusions drawn are very interesting indeed! These include: that the evidence for use of NSAIDs for LBP is lowthat NSAIDs are only slightly more effective than placebo treatments and whether the long-term use of NSAIDs was a safe option! 

 

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