Resource Summary

Clinical Question:
Is acetaminophen effective for the management of back pain or osteoarthritis?

Bottom Line:
Acetaminophen is not efficacious for back pain^ and provides no clinically meaningful impact on osteoarthritis. There are many other better interventions for these conditions like: short-term oral NSAIDs for back pain; topical NSAIDs or intra-articular steroids for osteoarthritis; and exercise for both.

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Publication Date: 2016-9-26
Last Updated on PCR: 2017-03-31 13:36:55