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Back Pain? Don’t Bother with Tylenol

New clinical study upends world of back pain treatment

The world of back pain treatment has been upended as a widely used drug was rigorously tested…and found to be much less effective than advertised.

A new, well designed study of acute low back pain found Paracetamol (the chemical name of Tylenol) did not

  • Reduce pain intensity
  • Improve sleep quality, or
  • Reduce recovery time for all three groups – an average of 17 days.

This adds to a growing body of research that chronic back pain patients do not benefit long term from pain medication as had been previously believed. The placebo benefits of taking a pill are largely outweighed by the proven liver and kidney damage associated with long term use. As a result, researchers such as Dr. Andrew Moore, senior researcher at Churchill Hospital, Oxford, are now “willing to bet in 10 years’ time national guidelines will have changed.”

OUR TAKEAWAY: For back pain, as well as wellness…
Restoring control of motion with symmetry makes more sense than chemically inhibiting pain perception and the inflammatory response.


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Williams, C, Maher, CG, Latimer, J, McLachlan, AJ, Hancock, MJ, O Day, R, Lin, C. (25 July 2014). Efficacy of paracetamol for acute low-back pain: a double-blind, randomised controlled trial. The Lancet. Retrieved from

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