March 12, 2022 – “People overuse the term ‘paradigm shift’, but this is absolutely a paradigm shift,” Buchheit said. “There is this unspoken rule: If it hurts, take an anti-inflammatory, and if it still hurts, put a steroid on it.” But, he said, the study shows that “we have to think of healing and not suppression of inflammation.”

Guidelines from professional medical societies already say that people with back pain should start with nondrug treatments like exercise, physical therapy, heat or massage. Those measures turn out to be as effective as pain-suppressing drugs, without the same side effects.


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