New Study Suggests Acetaminophen Does Not Relieve Lower Back Pain or Osteoarthritis Pain.

A new study published this month in the British Medical Journal by the George Institute for Global Health in Sydney, Australia suggests acetaminophen does not relieve lower back pain or osteoarthritis.

The study looked at data from 13 studies — involving over 5,000 patients — that examined the effectiveness of acetaminophen at treating the two conditions.

The researchers found that for people with osteoarthritis of the hip or knee, acetaminophen provided only a small — not clinically important — benefit in the reduction of pain and disability. In people with lower back pain, acetaminophen was ineffective in both reducing patient disability and enhancing quality of life.

These findings directly challenge the widely held belief that acetaminophen is an effective initial treatment for these conditions.

“There was ‘high quality’ evidence that acetaminophen is ineffective for reducing pain intensity and disability or improving quality of life in the short term in people with low back pain,” the research team wrote in the British Medical Journal.

It’s important to note that these findings do not suggest that moving up to a stronger class of pain medication is a better alternative. Immediate alleviation of pain provided by anything that comes in a bottle does not equate to true relief. The researchers cited exercise and stretching as a more beneficial alternative to managing pain in these areas.

Using non-invasive interventions, our highly skilled specialists can quickly relieve the pain you are experiencing — and get you back to your normal life. If you have any questions or are concerned about your back pain or osteoarthritis, give us a call us today to schedule a consultation. 319-540-8251.