Is Paracetamol Suitable for Back pain?

Back pain and osteoarthritis combined, account for around 15% of all GP consultations and management of these patients, which has long been a challenge to the NHS, will not be helped by emerging evidence questioning the effectiveness and the safety of paracetamol! Paracetamol, is cheap, possibly too cheap, readily available, and found in most homes around the world. We rely on it in for just about everything, but things may be about to change! Last year, a systematic review by Machado and colleagues cast doubts on both the effectiveness and the safety of paracetamol. “paracetamol has only a very small effect in patients with hip or knee osteoarthritis” Machado and colleagues, amalgamated evi

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