HOME

OUR DOCTORS

ORTHOPEDIC SERVICES

MAP & DIRECTIONS

 
 
 

TYPES OF PAIN

 

What is Acute Pain?

What is Chronic Pain?

 

CONDITIONS TREATED

 

Carpal Tunnel Syndrome
Facial Pain
Fibromyalgia
Headaches
Knee Pain

Shoulder Pain

Shoulder Conditions

Spine Conditions
Low Back Pain
Nerve Pain
Pelvic Pain
Repetitive Strain Injuries
Sympathetic Pain Syndromes
TMJ Pain

BACK AND SPINE

 

Back Pain Information

Upper Back Pain

Upper Back Pain Causes

Chronic Back Pain

Back Pain Myths

Depression & Chronic Pain

SURGICAL PROCEDURES

 

Surgical Procedures

Types of Back Surgery

Spine Fusion Surgery

Discectomy Procedure

Spinal Disc Replacement

TREATMENT OPTIONS

 

Back Pain Relief

Back Pain Treatment

Back Surgery Information

Back Pain Medication

Low Back Pain Treatment

NON-SURGICAL TREATMENT

 

Epidural Steroid Injection

Cervical Epidural Steroid Injection

Lumbar Epidural Steroid Injection

Facet Joint Injection

Medial Branch Blocks

Intradiscal Electrothermal Annuloplasty (IDET)

Electrothermal Decompression

PATIENT RESOURCES

 

Orthopedic Conditions

Before Your Surgery

After Spine Surgery

Back Surgery Questions

Anatomy of The Spine

Obesity and Back Pain

Orthopedic Surgeons

Contact Us

Insurance Carriers
Contact

 

 

Back Pain Medication

Our society consumes millions of pain medications to deal with everything from a headache to chronic back pain. Common medications such as acetaminophen (also known as Tylenol), NSAIDs, oral steroids, narcotic drugs, muscle relaxants, and anti-depressants all have their uses, benefits and risks in the struggle against back pain or neck pain. Knowing more about these medications before you buy and use them can help prevent major issues.

There are multiple over-the-counter (non-prescription) and prescription medications that can be helpful in relieving pain and addressing related symptoms while an episode of back pain is getting better. Careful attention to pain management is a critical component of a patientís recovery, as acute or chronic low back pain can lead to depression, difficulty sleeping, and difficulty exercising and stretching, all of which in turn can exacerbate and prolong a painful back condition.

Pain relievers are generally available in three forms: oral, topical, and injection.

  • Oral pain medications. There are many forms of pain medications that are taken by mouth Ė pill or liquid form - and they each work differently and have unique benefits and potential risks. Some are available only by prescription.
  • Topical pain medications. These products are applied to the skin and are intended to reduce localized pain, such as pain from a sore muscle or from an arthritic joint. Most are available without a prescription. Brands of several popular topical pain relievers include Icy Hot, Arthricare, Zostrix (capsaicin), Aspercreme, Ben Gay, and many store brands.
  • Injections. Pain relieving medication and/or anti-inflammatory medications can be injected directly to the source of the pain.

Nonprescription Pain Medications

While there are many over-the-counter pain medications used to address back pain, the two most common types are acetaminophen (for example, brand name Tylenol) and non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs or NSAIDs (for example, brand name Advil). Because acetaminophen and NSAIDís work differently to address the pain, they may be taken at the same time. For example, a patient in severe pain may take the recommended dose of acetaminophen, and then two to three hours later take the recommended dose of ibuprofen, and repeat this pattern as appropriate.

Prescription Pain Medications

For short periods of time, prescription medications (such as narcotic pain medications or muscle relaxants) may be helpful to alleviate pain or related complications. Other classes of drugs (such as antidepressants or anti-seizure medications) can also help modulate the sensation of pain and can be taken on a prolonged basis.

There are risks, side effects and drug interactions with any medication, so a medical professional should always be consulted prior to taking medications. Patients should be especially cautious with medications if they are on other medications or have any significant medical conditions (e.g. diabetes.

While a few major risks and side effects are outlined for some medications on this site, patients should always read the label and package inserts and consult with a physician for a complete understanding of risks, side effects, and drug interactions.

This article provides a thorough overview of the most common prescription and nonprescription medications used to relieve back pain and neck pain.

 

   

Privacy Policies     l     Disclaimer

Copyright Axcension, Inc., All Rights Reserved.