Drugs don’t work for back pain

The bad news for back pain sufferers is that analgesics just don’t work.

It’s the latest finding from an Australian team who looked at the effectiveness of currently prescribed medicines for treating this common problem.

Their study, which examined 35 trials involving more than 6000 people, found that NSAIDs such as ibuprofen are no better than a placebo, and perhaps do more harm than good.