Ibuprofen or acetaminophen for back pain and related conditions?
How often have Brooks low back pain patients asked this?! They’re
both over-the-counter analgesic drugs. Everyone knows them. But some recent
studies Soft Health and Healing Clinic has read will surely interest our Brooks
low back pain patients the next time their back hurts and they reach for one of
To start, one set of researchers compared ibuprofen and
paracetamol (acetaminophen) for chronic pain conditions like back pain,
migraine, osteoarthritis, cancer pain, etc. In their review of several studies,
they found that ibuprofen usually better
met patients’ expectations of pain relief. Neither was effective for
everyone. So this study questions the use of acetaminophen as the first-line,
go-to drug for chronic pain. (1) Soft Health and Healing Clinic admires these researchers’ curiosity
about ibuprofen versus acetaminophen for back pain. It surely set the stage for
A more recent research report states outright that
paracetamol (acetaminophen) is ineffective for low back pain treatment. It goes
on to state that acetaminophen gives minimal short term relief to patients
suffering with osteoarthritis! (2) Soft Health and Healing Clinic bets this report will get
some attention! Acetaminophen is so often recommended for relief of low back
pain and osteoarthritis of the hip or knee. These researchers question that
Astonishingly, another research paper comes right out and
states that “no high-quality evidence supports this recommendation” of
acetaminophen as the first-line painkiller for acute low-back pain. (3) That’s
ok though for Brooks back pain patients. Chiropractic care at
Soft Health and Healing Clinic is a great first-line care option for back pain relief!
Further, one more paper says that up to 4000mg of
paracetamol (acetaminophen) is ineffective for acute low back pain. (4)
Soft Health and Healing Clinic knows that this may make our chiropractic patients think twice
before taking acetaminophen next time...and call Soft Health and Healing Clinic instead!
So contact Soft Health and Healing Clinic for back pain relief next time
you find yourself reaching for a bottle of ibuprofen or acetaminophen for
relief. A non-drug treatment plan featuring the evidence-based Cox Technic
system of care for your Brooks back pain may well result in the
relief you are seeking!