Seems like our first solution to nagging back pain gives only a miniscule help, and may even put us at health risks.
Over-the-counter treatments may be causing you more harm than relief (c) NewsMax
The study performed at The George Institute for Global Health in Sydney, Australia, showed that the use of NSAIDs may even increase the risk of gastrointestinal side effects by 2.5-fold. Use of particular drugs may cause irritation of the stomach, and more serious cases such as ulcers or internal bleeding.
“Back pain is the leading cause of disability worldwide and is commonly managed by prescribing medicines such as anti-inflammatories. But our results show anti-inflammatory drugs actually only provide very limited short term pain relief,” lead author Associate Professor Manuela Ferreira said in a release.
“They do reduce the level of pain, but only very slightly, and arguably not of any clinical significance.”
For the study, experts analyzed 35 randomized, placebo-controlled trials involving 6,000 participants who used NSAIDs to treat their back pain over an average of seven days.
Researchers learned that only one in six people experienced significant relief from nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs) like ibuprofen (Advil, Motrin), aspirin (Bayer, Bufferin), or naproxen (Aleve).
NSAIDs can harm the GIT (c) Reference.com
“When you factor in the side effects which are very common, it becomes clear that these drugs are not the answer to providing pain relief to the many millions of Australians who suffer from this debilitating condition every year,” said Ferreira.
According to Research Fellow Gustavo Machado, people may want to shift to other conventional therapies rather than taking pain relieving medications.
“We know that education and exercise programs can substantially reduce the risk of developing low back pain,” Machado said in a statement