Paracetamol is useless for your backache says study published in the Lancet . Read on for ways you can help yourself better. Back pain is the world`s leading cause of disability and one of the most cited reasons people give for taking time off work.
In England around 26 million people are estimated to suffer from this condition yearly.
Prior to now, Guidelines all over the world had recommended Paracetamol as the first choice of medicine for moderate back pain of less than six weeks.
Ibuprofen has been the second choice drug for this condition.
Study Says Paracetamol Is Not Effective For Your Back Pain!
According to a study conducted by scientists of the George Institute for Global Health, Sydney, Australia, taking paracetamol does not speed up recovery or reduce low back pain compared to taking ordinary placebo.
This study is the world`s first placebo-controlled trial regarding the efficacy of paracetamol and acute lower back pain.
How This Study Was Designed
It involved 1,650 patients suffering acute moderate or severe lower back pain. 1/3 of of the participants were given paracetamol three times daily for four weeks.
A third were told to take paracetamol when they needed it and the other third were given dummy pills.
As the scientists reported in The Lancet, on average, the pain was gone in the first and second groups after seventeen days while it took sixteen days in the placebo group.
The study suggests that paracetamol had no effect on sleep and the quality of life of acute back pain sufferers and that almost all the sufferers had recovered after 12 weeks.
Self Care Tips To Feel Better & Improve Back Pain
Back pain may be the world`s leading cause of disability and one of the most cited reasons people give for taking time off work.
You are not helpless. There are things you can do to help you feel better. Don’t let backache get you down – remain active!
Engaging in the healthy lifestyle activities below will have a positive impact and optimize your well-being:
• Be active and continue your normal daily routines, as best as you can.
• Exercise as this can improve your pain.
• You may benefit from Acupuncture (NICE recommends this for back pain of over six weeks).
• You may benefit from Spinal Manipulation and Massage (NICE – National Institute for Health and Care Excellence).
• Heat packs and heat wraps can offer relief.
• Bed rest will not help you so do try not to remain in bed.
• Cognitive Behavioural Therapy may be helpful.
• Don`t worry yourself fretting as acute general back pain is mostly benign and will resolve eventually.
Talk with your GP or Pharmacist if you feel the need to.
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Have a great week.
Cecilia Scheyerle, MPharm