Chronic back pain suffererI recently read an article stating that a new well-designed study of acute low back pain found that a widely used drug was rigorously tested and found to be much less effective than advertised. The study found that Paracetamol (the chemical name of Tylenol) did not reduce pain intensity, improve sleep quality, or reduce recovery time for all three groups for an average of 17 days.

This adds to a growing body of research that chronic back pain patients do not benefit long term from pain medication as had been previously believed. The placebo benefits of taking a pill are largely outweighed by the proven liver and kidney damage associated with long term use. As a result, researchers predict that in the future, national guidelines will change.

So… does it make more sense to chemically inhibit pain perception and the inflammatory response when suffering from back pain, or to seek chiropractic treatment to restore control of motion with symmetry? For me, it’s a no-brainer.