In a recent media release, The Chiropractors’ Association of Australia called for the Australian Government to provide more support and greater inclusion of chiropractic in the public health care system, following results published on the ineffectiveness of paracetamol for low-back pain.Above: Associate Professor Christine Lin explains the surprising results from The George Institute’s study on the affects of paracetamol on acute lower back pain.
The Chiropractors’ Association of Australia (CAA) notes the latest evidence-based research about using simple drugs like paracetamol, known to most people under different brand names, for low back pain was no better than using a placebo.
With reference to the study published in one of the world’s most reputable journals of scientific medicine, The Lancet, Dr Tassell said low back pain remains a major cost to Australian society, both in terms of ineffective interventions and days lost from work.
He stated “the latest published research conveys to Government that paracetamol does not affect recovery time compared with placebo in people with low-back pain, and questions the universal endorsement of paracetamol in this patient group.”
What this means is that pain-killers may simply hide the symptoms but they certainly do not fix the problem. Dr Tassell said drugs may reduce pain in some cases, but the evidence presented now is that they do no better in resolving the problem than a sugar pill.
“Chiropractic is a drug free, surgery free approach to low back pain. Chiropractors concentrate on finding the cause of the problem and correcting
it with a mixture of treatment and rehabilitation options,” Dr Tassell said.
Dr Sarah MacNeil
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