OTC Anti-Inflammatory Medicine: Proven to Have Little Effect on Back Pain

A new study published February 2, 2017, in the Annals of the Rheumatic Diseases, has found the painkillers like aspirin, Aleve, and Advil don’t help most people with back pain. A previous study suggested Tylenol (acetaminophen) isn’t very useful either!

Investigators examined 35 studies of the use of common over-the-counter medications to treat back pain. The study, which tracked about 6,000 people,” showed that commonly used NSAIDs (nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs) have only small effects on pain relief and improvement of function…moreover, these small effects may not be perceived as important for most patients with spinal pain.”

While you might know that medications such as aspirin and Tylenol are hard on your body, you might not know to what extent. Researchers found that participants taking the drugs were 2.5 times more likely to experience gastrointestinal side effects!

Recently, we published a blog the covered the dangers of using prescription narcotic medication as well, and the dangers of addiction and overdose using such substances. Since 1999, opioid overdoses have actually quadrupled. These types of medication are only a band-aid; on their own they do nothing to help treat the root cause of pain.

You may be asking yourself, if there are no medications that can effectively ease back pain, what can I do? Well, physical therapy, of course! Dr. Grace Walker, physical and occupational therapist and nutritionist says, “The happiest back pain patients she has encountered have been ones who use complementary treatments such as physical therapy, and continuing self-care with a home exercise and stretching program.”

At Walker Physical Therapy and Pain Center, we have the ability to address the root causes that may be triggering pain, and correcting them.

We come up with personalized programs for each patient to provide results in an affordable, fun and healing environment. Call Walker Physical Therapy and Pain Center to schedule an appointment with an expert and caring physical therapist!

1111 W. Town and Country Rd., Ste. 1

Orange, CA 92868

Phone: (714) 997-5518


Link to studies and articles mentioned:

Annals of Rheumatic Diseases

Opioid Overdoses Quadruple Since 1999