The typical go-to for most people who suffer from back pain is medication. Whether that is Over-the-Counter (OTC) NSAID’s (Non-steroidal Anti-Inflammatories) like Tylenol, Robax, Advil, Motrin, etc, or prescription meds like Benzodiazepine and even Opioids.
Sounds pretty easy to just poping a pill to get out of trouble and move on with your day. In fact, there is fairly good research out there that these meds may help in the short term. You know, get you over those rough patches but I think most of us inherently understand that this pain control strategy probably isn’t the wisest choice in the long term. Any GI or Kidney specialist will caution you against prolonged use of NSAID’s because of the negative side effects of prolonged drug use. And it goes without saying that the stronger prescription stuff such as muscle relaxers (e.g. Benzodiazepine), nerve pain meds (e.g. Neurontin, Gabapentin) or the big guns (i.e. Opioids). We don’t need to go there in much detail today.
Despite best efforts to develop effective treatment approaches, back pain remains the number one cause of disability in the world. If you’re in doubt, you can check out these researchers who confirmed what we have known for years.
So, let’s explore some options to medication for helping relieve your back pain.
So, if we accept that, then we need to move on to what treatment(s) are high value? That means, best bang for your buck.
One article showing the burden of disease of back pain in Australia. This mimics the WHO’s Global Burden of Disease Databases.
One article showing continued Opiod use after ED visits
One article showing chiro better than Bensos
Once article showing 56% less opiod use in seniors if they see a chiro for back pain