Paracetamol fails back pain test

Paracetamol is useless for treating low back pain, according to an Australian study that compares its effectiveness with placebo.

It neither speeds up recovery nor reduces discomfort, say the researchers whose study is published in The Lancet.

“We did find it very surprising because paracetamol is universally recommended for acute low back pain and is shown to be effective in other acute pain conditions,”  says senior researcher Associate Professor Christine Lin.