Responding to recent reports calling into question the efficacy of acetaminophen in the management of spinal pain, officials with the American Chiropractic Association have issued a statement that strongly encourages patients and providers to consider the benefits of a "conservative approach to back pain."
According to the recently-published study, acetaminophen was ineffective against low-back pain and offered only “minimal short-term benefit” for people with osteoarthritis of the hip or knee. Similar conclusions were reached in a study published in The Lancet in July 2014, that acetaminophen “does not ease low-back pain.”
“People need complete information about their treatment options,” ACA President Anthony Hamm, DC said in a prepared statement. “Research supports the use of more conservative treatments as a first-line defense against pain. This sensible approach not only reduces healthcare costs, but may also help some patients avoid riskier treatments altogether.”
The organization defined some options for conservative management of painful conditions, including chiropractic manipulation combined with exercise and stretching prior to moving on to high-risk procedures.
“There are effective, more conservative treatments that help many patients lessen reliance on addictive painkillers and get back to their normal lives and activities,” Hamm continued. “The services provided by chiropractic physicians are not only clinically effective but also cost-effective, so taking a more conservative approach at the onset of low-back pain can also potentially save both patients and the healthcare system money down the line.”
The American Chiropractic Association (ACA), in response to recent research calling into question the efficacy of acetaminophen in the management of spinal pain, strongly encourages patients and healthcare providers to consider the benefits of a conservative approach to back pain. “Research supports the use of more conservative treatments as a first-line defense against pain.