A groundbreaking study from a well-renowned team of Danish researchers could bring unprecedented relief for sufferers of chronic back pain.
According to the study, which appeared in the European Spine Journal, as much as 40 percent of chronic lower back pain is caused by bacteria. Treating these patients with antibiotics has resulted in a significant amount of relief and increased quality of life when compared to those patients taking a placebo.
“In people who received the placebo, nothing happened,” said lead author Hanne B. Albert, an associate professor at the University of Southern Denmark, at a press conference in London. “People on the antibiotics attained highly clinically significant improvement.”
Besides experiencing relief from back pain, patients who were prescribed the antibiotics had better overall functioning, less leg pain and missed fewer days of work due to their condition, they reported after one year of treatment.