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New research targets back pain yet NSAIDs don’t deliver

Low back pain is one of the most common reasons for all physician visits in the US. Most Americans have experienced back pain. In fact, the American Chiropractic Association (ACA) estimates that it affects at least 30 million citizens at any given time. Athletes are no exception.

This February, the American College of Physicians (ACP) released new guidelines for treating nonradicular low back pain. Published in the Annals of Internal Medicine, they direct that physicians and patients treat acute and subacute low back pain with non-drug therapies. Examples include superficial heat, massage, acupuncture, and spinal manipulation. The new treatment guidelines also include tai chi and yoga. If drug therapy is desired, physicians and patients should select nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs) or skeletal muscle relaxants, avoiding opiates.

Interestingly, while NSAID’s are included as suggested medical methods, evidence showed no difference between using the medicine and a placebo. Evidence also included adverse effects. So if that’s the case, are taking NSAIDs worth the risk?

Hammer Nutrition has reported on the dangers of NSAIDs in Endurance News before and we constantly monitor this important public health issue. It’s precisely why we offer Tissue Rejuvenator, our healthy, all-natural anti-inflammatory. Stay in the game safely and experience the results for yourself. You can read other athletes reviews here. Hammer on!