Back Pain Again? Here’s Why Pain-killers May Not Help

Back Pain Again? Here's Why Pain-killers May Not Help

Back pain is a simple thing that can get really disabling. The nagging pain in your lower back can meddle with your daily routine and put you on stress. With work pressure and personal commitments adding to up, popping those painkillers becomes the only option for most of us. A recent study published in ‘Annals of the Rheumatic Diseases’, suggests that back pain medication may not help you much. Non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs) may, on the other hand, cause many other health issues. The study found that only one in six patients experienced relief from back pain. In other cases, those on NSAIDs were 2.5 times more susceptible to gastro-intestinal issues like stomach ulcers and bleeding.

Experts from The George Institute for Global Health, Australia conducted experiments to test the effectiveness of existing medicines that used commonly used for treating back pain. The team examined more than 6000 people from 35 trials. It was found that only one in every 6 patients received any considerable benefit from consuming such medications. The team also brought to light the fact that, in most cases, the effects of NSAIDs are short-lived and often harm people’s health. Taking these facts into account, the experts urged to focus more of preventive measures over treatment.

back pain

Back pain can be caused by a host of different reasons. From an old injury resurfacing, to excessive sitting, sedentary lifestyle and incorrect posture – the culprit can be any or a cocktail of all. Prevention would certainly involve taking short breaks at work, investing in physical exercise, practicing flexibility enhancing techniques like yoga, assuming a correct sitting posture and eating a balanced diet. A series of backward bending yoga postures can help relieve back pain. Some of these would include asana like:

Bhujangasana (cobra pose)

cobra pose

– (Matsyasana (fish pose)

fish pose

Setu Bandhasana (bridge pose)

bridge pose

Trikonasana (Triangle pose)

trikona asana

Dhanurasana (bow pose)

bow pose

Balasana (child’s pose)


“There is nothing like swimming to get rid of lower back pain. It gives you a complete body workout and helps loosen the stiffened back muscle,” Dr. Amal Ghosh, Clinical Tutor (Rtd), N.R.S. Hospial, Kolkata.

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