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Pharmacology/Drug Development

2020 Apr 16

Cochrane Database Syst Rev


Non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs for acute low back pain.


van der Gaag WH, Roelofs P D, Enthoven WTM, Van Tulder MW, Koes BW
Cochrane Database Syst Rev. 2020 Apr 16; 4:CD013581.
PMID: 32297973.


Acute low back pain (LBP) is a common health problem. Non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs) are often used in the treatment of LBP, particularly in people with acute LBP. In 2008, a Cochrane Review was published about the efficacy of NSAIDs for LBP (acute, chronic, and sciatica), identifying a small but significant effect in favour of NSAIDs compared to placebo for short-term pain reduction and global improvement in participants with acute LBP. This is an update of the previous review, focusing on acute LBP.