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Trial of an Anti-inflammatory Agent (Indomethacin) in Low Back Pain with and without Radicular Involvement

Br Med J 1968; 3 doi: (Published 20 July 1968) Cite this as: Br Med J 1968;3:158
  1. J. H. Jacobs,
  2. M. F. Grayson


    A short-term double-blind sequential trial of indomethacin against placebo in the treatment of low back pain, with and without nerve root pain such as sciatica, showed that indomethacin was significantly more effective than placebo in the group with nerve root pain. On the other hand, no difference was found between the treatments in the patients with uncomplicated low back pain. This difference may result from an effect of indomethacin on the inflammatory process around the nerve root which has been shown to be present when this is compressed.