Does Tylenol really help back pain? According to a new study, no. Not really.
The study was published in the prestigious British Medical Journal and provides credible evidence that acetaminophen is ineffective for reducing pain intensity and disability or improving short-term quality of life for people with low back pain.
Additionally, acetaminophen does not appear to help ease lower back pain and offers little relief for the most common form of arthritis. In people with osteoarthritis of the hip or knee, acetaminophen provided only a small, not clinically important benefit in the reduction of pain and disability, the study found.
The study suggests a variety of tools, from stretching to exercise to chiropractic treatment.
“Mounting evidence confirms that early use of chiropractic care for pain management generates optimal patient outcomes,” states Dr. Clum, citing a statement from the American College of Physicians that spinal manipulation is the most effective treatment for acute lower back pain, and for chronic back pain, a combination of manipulation and exercise.
In addition to adjustments, chiropractors can also work with patients to recommend specific stretches and exercises to help their particular pain.
So, before you take a few dozen Tylenol in vain to heal your lower back, consider giving a chiropractor a call instead.