Journal reference: Williams CM, Maher CG, Latimer J, McLachlan AJ, Hancock MJ, Day RO, et al. Efficacy of paracetamol for acute low-back pain: a double-blind, randomised controlled trial. Lancet 2014;384(9954):1586-96.
Published: 1 November 2014
|Paracetamol (regular and intermittent dosing) does not have an effect on time to recovery for acute low-back pain in the general practice setting.
Recommendations for the use of regular adult dosing of paracetamol should be reconsidered.
The median time to recovery from acute low-back pain is 16-17 days.