Exercise caution when prescribing analgesics for back pain: study 

Limited evidence supports the efficacy and safety of the analgesics, researchers say
Rachel Fieldhouse
back pain

Analgesics may be no better than placebo for managing acute lower back pain in adults, according to Australian and UK researchers who found only low-certainty evidence to support their use.

In their meta-analysis of 98 clinical trials, the UNSW Sydney-led team urged clinicians and patients to exercise caution when using painkillers in this setting until more conclusive evidence comes to light.