Pain Management

Opioids No Better Than Non-Opioids for Back Pain and Arthritis

Opioids No Better Than Non-Opioids for Back Pain and Arthritis

When it comes to treating the pain of chronic osteoarthritis, non- opioid pain relievers do the job better than opioids, and with fewer side effects, according to a recent study published in the Journal of the American Medical Association. The researchers, from the Minneapolis Veterans Affairs Health Care System, studied 240 patients with moderate-to-severe chronic back pain or knee or hip osteoarthritis. This was the first randomized trial of opioid medication to look into long-term patient pain and function, according to the authors.