TIME – Major Medical Organization on Pain Killers for Back Pain

TIME – Major Medical Organization on Pain Killers for Back Pain
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It’s not everyday we find ourselves siding with major medical organizations. Well today is not like other days. In a new article featured in Time magazine, titled For Back Pain or Headache, Painkillers Do More Harm than Good American Academy of Neurology finds Powerful painkillers do little to improve patients’ daily functioning or treating back pain among other pain related issues.  We were quite impressed and felt it was an article worth sharing.

For Back Pain or Headache, Painkillers Do More Harm than Good

Alice Park @aliceparkny Sept. 29, 2014

For the first time, a major medical organization takes a stand on rampant overuse of opioids for treating back pain, headaches and migraines

Powerful painkillers do little to improve patients’ daily functioning, finds the American Academy of Neurology in a new position statement on opioid painkillers for chronic pain not related to cancer. Written by Dr. Gary Franklin, research professor in the departments of occupational and environmental health sciences and neurology at the University of Washington, the paper outlines the growing epidemic of overdose deaths—most of them unintentional—linked to opioid use. It concludes that in the majority of these cases, pain killers may ease some pain but fall short of truly improving patients’ health. Coupled with the potential hazards of addiction and overdose, the Academy says that doctors should be looking for other ways to help these patients manage their pain.

“This is the first position paper by a major American specialty society saying that there is a real problem here, and the risk might not be worth the benefit for certain conditions,” says Franklin.