By Dr. Deanna Lites

DETROIT (CBS DETROIT) – As the opioid epidemic continues to grow, healthcare providers continue to struggle with the best ways to manage pain.

A new study may help provide answers says WWJ Health Reporter Dr. Deanna Lites.

Non-opioid pain killers work just as well as opioids in reducing arm or leg pain according to a new study published in JAMA.

The study looked at more than 400 adults who came to the emergency department for arm or leg pain due to a sprain, strain or fracture.

Patients were randomly assigned to one of two groups; one group got an opioid pill to relieve pain, while the other group got a combination of ibuprofen and acetaminophen –better known as Advil and Tylenol.

After two hours, doctors asked the patients to rate their pain on a scale from zero to 10.

The researchers say patients in both groups reported the same reduction in pain.

More studies are planned.

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