Thursday, January 15, 2015

Tylenol (Acetaminophen) Does Not Outperform Placebo for Low Back Pain

A large study in Australia treated low back pain patients with acetaminophen or placebo.  The median recovery time for both groups was 17 days.  There was a minimal relief of pain with the drug, much like using NSAID’s like ibuprofen and Aleve.  Most patients recover from acute low back pain reasonably well with maintaining activity and utilizing safer modalities as needed, such as acupuncture, massage, chiropractic, and herbal supplements.
See the Lancet, July 24, 2014 issue.



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