NSAIDs + paracetamol combination scores over NSAIDs alone in Lower Back Pain

25 Feb 2023 • New research suggests that a combination of NSAIDs, acetaminophen, and muscle relaxants is the best first line of defense against certain types of lower back pain. The new meta-analysis published this week in the Journal of Orthopaedic Research looked at data from 18 studies that contain data from 3,478 patients. The study’s focus is on non-specific lower back pain rather than back pain that can be traced back to a particular source.

What the study found? The researchers found that a combination of non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs), acetaminophen, and muscle relaxants (myorelaxants) have proven effective for treating non-specific lower back pain.

  • The three methods of treatment in combination worked better than others in isolation or when a placebo was used.
  • The researchers suggest that further investigation needs to be done on effective treatments for back pain that continues to resurface
  • Acetaminophen alone was deemed to be ineffective in reducing pain

While the study pointed to the efficacy of different medications for treating recurring lower back pain as the next step for research, those in the field say that the broadening of treatment options when it comes to lower back pain is key.

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