"Compared with placebo, non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs) do not provide a clinically important effect on spinal pain," Associate Professor Manuela Ferreira said.
Researchers found six patients had to be treated with anti-inflammatory drugs for one patient to achieve a clinically important benefit in the short-term, and the drugs have side effects.
Dr Ferreira reports, "Our safety analysis revealed NSAIDs increased the risk of gastrointestinal side effects by 2.5 times, compared to placebo."
The study was published in the Annals of the Rheumatic Diseases.
Conversely, hundreds of studies expound the virtues of Chiropractic care and manipulative therapy in reducing back pain, so if you are a sufferer of back pain, it would seem a good idea to stop taking medication and call your local Chiropractor.