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NSAIDs have ‘clinically unimportant’ effect on back pain


Over the years I've realised that GPs probably only see a subset of patients with back pain. Even individuals with appreciable root syndromes will often have discovered that their problems are episodic and unlikely to be significantly helped by the doctor. GPs are faced with patients who either have unusually severe problems (and this should make us cautious) or perhaps have relatively poor coping strategies (and this should also make us cautious!). The longer I spent in the consulting room - the more I have felt that back pain is one of the most complex conditions that we see. If the message is that oral therapies (like most other therapies) only work for 'a few of the patients some of the time' - then it confirms clinical experience.

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04 Feb 2017

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