Using Anti-Inflammatory Drugs May Prolong Back Pain
A new study questions the conventional wisdom of using steroids and anti-inflammatory drugs like ibuprofen to treat low back pain if exercise and other non-drug therapies don't work right away. Those medications offer relief from acute pain but may actually increase a person's chances of developing chronic pain, said the study published in Science Translational Medicine. The study indicates that inflammation is a normal part of recovering from a painful injury and that inhibiting inflammation may result in more-difficult-to-treat chronic pain.
@nancy Researchers looked at low back pain because it's so common, with 25% of U.S. adults saying they had low back pain in the previous three months, according to the CDC. Acute back pain is defined as lasting less than four weeks while chronic back pain lasts more than 12 weeks. By examining blood samples, researchers discovered that people whose low back pain was resolved had high inflammation driven by neutrophils, a type of white blood cell that helps the body fight infection, the study said.