Medications are almost always part of each treatment regimen for acute and chronic pain and may be combined with physical therapy and/or chiropractic care.
Your physician may prescribe one or more various types of medications to treat a variety of conditions including acute pain, chronic pain, herniated disc, disc degeneration, whiplash, facet and sacroiliac joint pain, stenosis, and spondylolisthesis.
The medications may be taken orally or possibly injected. Often, back pain medication use is combined with physical therapy and/or chiropractic care.
Medications are almost always part of each treatment regimen for acute and chronic pain. Your physician will select the correct medication mix based on your individual’s needs.
- Over-the-counter, medications are readily available and frequently effective in mild to moderate pain.
- Multiple nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs are available to reduce inflammation but can also reduce pain.
- Muscle relaxants medication can reduce the painful symptoms while healing and allow treatment to occur.
- Opiate pain medications must be used with great care and supervision.
- Corticosteroid compounds can be delivered orally or by injection when anti-inflammatory drugs are not enough.
- Anticonvulsants have been shown recently to be effective for nerve and neuropathic pain.
- For persistent pain, steroids may be injected directly into a specific area of the spine to facilitate healing.