Everyone gets back pain. It’s as paying taxes and departure as inescapable. But at least you are able to take painkillers, right? Except that the American College of Physicians (ACP) has announced that drugs should not be the first line of treatment. Codeine (with paracetamol) and also the occasional diazepam are especially frowned upon because they carry the threat of addiction.
Needless to say, times change: I remember patients with back pain consistently arriving by ambulance to be strapped to beds with traction devices.
Extreme back pain usually lasts less than four weeks if it … Read the rest