NSAIDs for Chronic Low Back Pain: True or False?

August 11, 2017

More effective vs placebo? Less effective than opioids? Equally as potent as APAP? What’s true and what false about NSAIDs?

Guidelines for treatment of chronic low back pain (CLBP) recommend remaining active and exercising, with the use of analgesics if necessary. Nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs), both over the counter and by prescription, are one of the most frequently used agents in low back pain management.How effective are they?Try these 10 True or False statements based on a recent update to a Cochrane review of NSAID use for chronic back pain. The truths may surprise you.