Anti-inflammatory drugs ‘no better than placebo’ for back pain: study – ABC Online

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Back pain is one of the leading causes of disability worldwide, and many patients are prescribe an anti-inflammatory pain medication to relieve symptoms, how popular drugs like ibuprofen are no use on chronic neck and lower back pain. New studies show that their use is creating more of a placebo effect in patients then it is actually helping their problem.

Key Takeaways:

  • A senior research fellow at the George Institute for Global Health reviewed the findings of 35 clinical trials of 6,000 patients using anti-inflammatory pain relieving drugs.
  • Researchers found six patients had to be treated with anti-inflammatory drugs for one patient to achieve a clinically important benefit in the short-term.
  • Back pain is the leading cause of disability worldwide, with many patients told to take pain medications to relieve symptoms.

“Researchers found six patients had to be treated with anti-inflammatory drugs for one patient to achieve a clinically important benefit in the short-term.”

http://www.abc.net.au/news/2017-02-03/anti-inflammatory-drugs-no-better-than-placebo-for-back-pain/8236470

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