According to a new study published online in the Annals of the Rheumatic Diseases concludes that NSAID’s like Ibuprofen and Aleve are effective for helping to control back pain, “there are no simple analgesics that provide clinically important effects for spinal pain over placebo”. Their research suggests only 1 in 6 back pain sufferers find relief from them.
Dr. Benjamin Friedman, an associate professor of emergency medicine with Albert Einstein College of Medicine and Montefiore Medical Center in New York City, is quoted as saying, “The happiest back pain patients I know are the ones who have found relief with some type of complementary therapy such as yoga, massage or stretching”.
Unfortunately, even narcotics like Percocet or Norco aren’t much help either. This means there is no proven effective medication to take for acute back pain that works for the vast majority of people. The best options involve stretches and massage for the actual problem, but s better idea is to keep your back healthy to begin with!
How, you might ask? First, keeping your abdominal muscles in shape is great first start. They do a lot of stabilizing for our backs. Next, learning proper lifting techniques, as well as getting help for objects that weight more are prudent also. While previous research on healthcare personnel has shown that even with proper techniques, back injuries occur, doing things with your back in mind will minimize the chances of having problems.
Much research is being put into ergonomics for lifting (finding the best methods and/or machines to perform the work), and this new information is coming out all the time. So it may be a good idea to do a little research and suggest it to your superiors – BEFORE – a back injury occurs.