Back pain

Anti-inflammatory medication is frequently used to relieve back pain. But, according to a new study, anti-inflammatory medication could make the problem a whole lot worse. In fact, the majority of people who take the drugs, report worsening pain over a long period of time.

Here, we will address what the study found and look at the best types of treatment to eliminate back pain.

Understanding the latest study

The latest study was carried out by researchers at the McGill University in Canada and it involved 500,000 patients. They wanted to determine the long-term effects of taking anti-inflammatory medications for chronic pain. The research included 98 patients with acute back pain, who were followed for a period of three months.

Mice were also studied during the research in a laboratory. It was discovered that the neutrophils saw a reduction in activity. When these cells were blocked with an antibody, pain was prolonged for a period of more than 10 times the standard duration. Although anti-inflammatory drugs showed to eliminate pain early on, they were shown to produce a similar effect.

The research suggests that common painkiller medications like Ibuprofen and steroids, could lead to long term chronic pain. However, further research will be required to confirm the results.

Non-steroidal anti-inflammatory medication for back pain

Non-steroidal anti-inflammatory medication is commonly prescribed for pain. This is because it is considered one of the most effective ways to treat chronic pain. However, as the latest study suggests, it can lead to long-term issues. Certainly, some of which can be more severe than the initial pain the medication was treating.

What researchers know now is that inflammation is a natural and necessary response for the body to heal. If you attempt to inhibit the inflammation, it can lengthen your recovery, as well as lead to a lot more pain.

So, if you aren’t supposed to use any form of anti-inflammatory medication, how can the pain be treated?

Alternative treatments

While anti-inflammatory pain medication brings relief in the short term, its long-term effects mean it is a much better idea to treat it in other ways. There are natural methods you can try to eliminate your back pain for good, alongside physical therapy. Complementary therapies, including yoga, acupuncture and acupressure, as well as neurostimulation treatments such as TENS, are all effective treatments that improve your quality of life.

To find out which type of treatment is right for you, book an appointment with Dr Stoilova today. She will examine you as well as carrying out a medication review to ensure your safety and their effectiveness. You will then be recommended the most effective pain management treatment programme including non-drug treatment options.