Anti-inflammatory drugs do not provide much relief in back pain

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Anti-inflammatory drugs do not provide much relief in back pain

Back pain is a common cause of disability among the general population across the world for which anti-inflammatory drugs are frequently used. According to a study consumption of non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs, like Ibuprofen, for treating back pain provides fewer benefits but cause stomach ulcers and bleeding.

This latest study from The George Institute used a questioning method to check the effectiveness of existing medicines for treating back pain. The working team examined 35 trials involving more than 6000 people and was found that patient having anti-inflammatory drugs were 2.5 times more likely to had gastro-intestinal problems such as stomach ulcers and bleeding. The findings, published in the Annals of the Rheumatic Diseases, revealed that only one in six patients treated with the pills- NSAIDs, achieve any significant reduction in pain. Leading author Manuela Ferreira from the University of Sydney said that the study came out with results that there is rapid need of developing new therapies to treat back pain which is affecting 80 percent of Australians during their lifetime. He said "Back pain is the leading cause of disability worldwide and is commonly managed by prescribing medicines such as anti-inflammatory. But in this study, anti-inflammatory drugs actually only provide very limited short-term pain relief. They reduced the level of pain, but only very slight”.

The co-researcher Gustavo Machado said that Millions of Australians having drugs are not working well but are also causing harm. So there are required treatments that will provide substantial relief to people suffering from these symptoms. There is a strong need to focus better on prevention of back pain in the first place. We know that education and exercise programs can substantially reduce the risk of developing low back pain.



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Anti-inflammatory drugs provide little benefit to back pain Study


Manuela Ferreira, Gustavo Machado

Exploratory, Anti-inflammatory Drugs, NSAID, Back Pain, Short-term pain relief
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