Amputees suffering from back pain should consider trying chiropractic services and other nondrug therapies in light of a research review that found common over-the-counter and prescription pain medications have limited effectiveness for back pain and raise the risk of side effects, according to the American Chiropractic Association (ACA).
The review, published in Annals of the Rheumatic Diseases, examined 35 randomized, placebo-controlled trials to determine the effectiveness and safety of nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs) for spinal pain. The authors found that NSAIDs provided “clinically unimportant effects” when compared with patients who received only a placebo. Meanwhile, those who used NSAIDs had a 2.5 times greater risk of experiencing gastrointestinal disorders.
The news about NSAIDs follows reports that prescription opioids also have limited effectiveness for back pain.
“In addition to spinal manipulation, chiropractors can offer a range of nondrug therapies for back pain and recommend exercises and important lifestyle changes to help prevent future back pain and injury,” said ACA President David Herd, DC.
This article was adapted from information provided by the ACA. Image Shutterstock.com/AlbinaGlisic.