Paracetamol for acute low back pain ineffective: study

Taking paracetamol does not speed recovery or reduce pain for acute low back pain and is comparable to a placebo, according to a new Australian study.

The research, published today in The Lancet, involved looking at 1643 people experiencing acute uncomplicated low back pain and presenting to primary care in Australia.

The University of Sydney researchers found that the effect of pain relief was the same, regardless of whether paracetamol was taken regularly or