Back pain and stiffness can make daily activities challenging. Frequently, a self-care approach using limited rest, appropriate gentle exercise, and over-the-counter medications such as aspirin or nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs like ibuprofen can make you feel more comfortable until your pain resolves on its own.
However, when back pain does not improve, we evaluate your symptoms and work with you to determine the treatment that is best for your individual condition. We may use medications to support your return to function.
Some medications used to help reduce pain and swelling:
- Anti-inflammatory medications
- Topical cortisone gels
- Cortisone injections
Please note, Summit Orthopedics is an interventional spine care clinic and does not manage narcotic medications long term, but we would be happy to refer you. Learn more about our non-narcotic approach here.
Because some lifestyle habits can improve the efficacy of medications, we teach you about steps you can take to control the pain and maximize medication effectiveness. Patients who don’t smoke, drink moderately if at all, and maintain healthy weight with regular exercise are more likely to experience the best results from doctor-supervised medication.
Some medications and supplements can cause a harmful reaction with pain medications. We encourage you to keep an up-to-date list of all over-the-counter drugs, medications, supplements, and vitamins you take, and share it with us before you begin any new medication.
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