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Is Paracetamol the Answer to Musculoskeletal Pain?


An Australian study published in the BMJ found that paracetamol was no better than a placebo for pain, disability, and quality of life measures in the treatment of lower back pain.

It’s effects also provides minimal short-term benefits and relief for people with osteoarthritis.

According to Dr Christian Mallen, a professor in general practice at Keele University, the findings paves way for a discussion over pharmacological management of musculoskeletal pain. He mentions that “..the time has come to shift our attention away from tablets as the default option for managing chronic musculoskeletal pain.”

The National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (NICE) confirmed that it would be looking into reviewing paracetamol as a drug for osteoarthritis.

Reviews are expected to be completed later in the year in which the outcome will be communicated.

More details on this article can be found here.

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