Medications play an effective role in the treatment of back or neck pain. Your doctor may prescribe several medications to help reduce pain and associated symptoms that are caused by unhealthy spinal conditions or deformities.
When healthcare professionals prescribe a pain medication regimen, the precise needs of the patient are considered including severity of the pain, length of time with pain and medical history of the individual. The main goal of prescribing medications is to reduce the patient’s pain and increase their comfort level while reducing adverse side effects and the danger of misuse or abuse of the medications.
Over-the-counter pain relievers are medications available without a doctor’s prescription. They include acetaminophen, Non-Steroidal Anti-Inflammatory Drugs (NSAIDs) and topical pain relievers.
Your doctor may also prescribe prescription strength NSAID’s for pain relief which have a higher amount of medication requiring a prescription. Alternately, your physician may recommend short term use of opioids or narcotic medications for pain relief.
Your doctor will discuss all available options based on your particular situation.