Common Painkillers May Make Back Pain Worse

Painkillers for back pain

Patients suffering with back pain are commonly prescribed painkillers to provide relief. However, a new study has revealed that common painkillers may worsen the pain in the long term.

Anti-inflammatory drugs Dexamethasone and Diclofenac can potentially prevent injuries from healing. Not only does this strengthen the pain, but it also prolongs it too. Here, we will look at what the early-stage research found, alongside the most effective treatments to ease back pain.

Understanding the research

The latest research carried out by the McGill University in Montreal, assessed 98 people with lower back pain. Regular blood samples were taken and analysed in order to determine the genes that were active in the blood’s immune cells.

Participants who saw their pain ease within three months, were found to have higher levels of activity of an inflammatory immune cell known as Neutrophils. This suggests that the natural inflammatory response may help to overcome the pain.

Additionally, the researchers studied back pain in mice. When they were treated with anti-inflammatory drugs such as Dexamethasone and Diclofenac, it did relieve their pain in the short term. However, in the long-term it increased pain levels. Mice who weren’t given anti-inflammatory drugs, also experienced long-term pain when they were given antibody injections that killed off the Neutrophils immune cells.

Inflammation may aid in healing

Lower back pain typically develops due to inflammation. However, did you know that inflammation is an important part of the healing process? It is the body’s natural defence response, triggered whenever tissues become damaged. Inflammatory cells are recruited to help repair and heal the injury site.

There are a couple of types of inflammation, including acute and chronic variations. It is acute inflammation that lasts a few days that aids in healing. Chronic inflammation on the other hand can last for months, if not years. If patients develop chronic inflammation, it can lead to mobility issues, alongside reduced muscle mass. It can also lead to ongoing pain.

This means, patients experiencing acute inflammation would be better off being treated without common painkillers.

Effective treatments to ease back pain

There are effective treatments to help eliminate lower back pain without the need for painkillers. Physical therapy may be a good option, but you may want to consider MBST.

Magnetic Resonance Therapy is renowned for its pain-relieving benefits. It helps to stimulate damaged tendons, ligaments, and bone, encouraging regeneration and repair. The treatment provides long-lasting results and can help patients to avoid surgery and the need for pain relief.

To find out if you’re suitable for this treatment, call 020 3282 7553 to book a consultation with MBST London.