Health and Nutrition

April 11, 2006

Omega-3 Fatty Acid Supplements May Help Relieve Neck, Low Back Pain

Filed under: Nutrition,Supplements — Doc Joe @ 4:58 pm

News Author: Laurie Barclay, MD
CME Author: Désirée Lie, MD, MSEd
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April 10, 2006 — Omega-3 fatty acid supplements may be effective for relieving neck and low back pain, according to the results of a short-term trial reported in the April issue of Surgical Neurology.

“The use of nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs) is a well-established effective therapy for both acute and chronic nonspecific neck and back pain,” write Joseph Charles Maroon, MD, and Jeffrey W. Bost, PAC, from the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center in Pennsylvania. “Extreme complications, including gastric ulcers, bleeding, myocardial infarction, and even deaths, are associated with their use. An alternative treatment with fewer side effects that also reduces the inflammatory response and thereby reduces pain is believed to be omega-3 essential fatty acids (EFAs) found in fish oil.”

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