Minor back/neck discomfort can often be eased with over-the-counter or prescription medications. You should consult your spine specialist for directions on what medicine is right for your condition.
Some of the medications your spine specialists may suggest include:
Over-the-counter pain relievers such as acetaminophen and nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs) - For more severe pain, your spine specialist may prescribe a prescription-strength version of common pain relievers. Some of these medications not only relieve pain, but also reduce inflammation.
Muscle relaxants - These medications may have a sedating affect, in addition to relaxing muscles. Patients may find it is easier to sleep and ease tension over the pain.
Opioid-based analgesics (pain relievers) - Severe pain may require a very strong pain medication with an opioid base. These medications are not generally prescribed for long-term use, but can be very effective in providing immediate relief of severe pain.
Your spine specialist will work with you to find the right medication for your condition. It is important that you follow directions for the medications, as some may have undesirable side effects. Never take medicine prescribed for another condition to self-treat back pain unless directed by your physician.