When taken properly, mild pain medication may help reduce inflammation and pain. At the Spine Care Center, we work towards treating the source of your pain with conservative surgical and non-surgical approaches, so that you do not need to rely on medication to function. We occasionally prescribe medication to help control your symptoms, not to “cure” them. Below are some of the types of medication we may prescribe.
Aspirin can help provide minor relief for your back pain, and is available without a prescription. There are side effects such as stomach problems that you should be aware of before you start taking aspirin.
You may have heard of NSAIDs such as ibuprofen or naproxen before. Some are available without a prescription, and can be effective for relieving pain caused by inflammation or strained muscles. NSAIDs work by blocking the inflammatory signal in your joints.
Analgesics is a term that means “pain relievers”, and they are used to relieve your pain at the point of injury. They can be helpful for reducing mild to moderate chronic pain.
For severe pain, over the counter medications may not be effective enough. In these cases, your provider may prescribe you with pain medications such as codeine or morphine. These pain relievers reduce pain by temporarily numbing your central nervous system. At the Spine Care Center, we are very careful when prescribing these medications due to the potential side effects.
Muscle relaxers are used to reduce the pain from muscle spasms. They are meant to be used for a short period of time (typically a few days), and may cause drowsiness and depression.
We use nerve block injections to reduce pain from irritated nerves and inflammation. If we diagnose you with a bulging or herniated disc, injections may help reduce the swelling they cause. ESI’s are a combination of cortisone and a local anesthetic. Your spine provider will perform the injection into the space between the facet joint. Before utilizing these injections, we will try conservative treatments first.
With any medication we suggest or prescribe, we will explain the potential side effects and give you instructions on how to use it. Medication should not be seen as a long-term solution to your pain. We include pain medication as a part of your overall treatment plan, alongside conservative non-surgical procedures as well.
We can go over any questions or concerns you may have about pain medication for your spine injury during your appointment.