Acute low back pain usually gets better on its own, and no treatment has been shown to improve the outcome much beyond its natural course.3
However, other medicines for pain relief include anti-inflammatory medicines (NSAIDs) such as ibuprofen (eg, Nurofen Tablets), aspirin (eg, Aspro Tablets) and diclofenac (eg, Voltaren Tablets). These may give a small amount of relief, but they are more likely to cause side effects than is paracetamol.8
Some people, including those with high blood pressure, asthma or stomach ulcers, or who take other medicines (eg, warfarin) have a higher risk of side effects from NSAIDs. Before taking any NSAIDs, including those bought over the counter, ask your doctor or pharmacist about the benefits and potential risks.
There are non-medicine treatments available for back pain, but many have not been studied in detail and so it is not known how helpful they are.8 However, this does not necessarily mean they will not help you to manage the pain. Ask your health professional about other treatments that might be right for you.