A short term solution for spinal pain
When recovering from spinal trauma, sometimes medication is the best treatment option. Here are a few types we commonly recommend.
- Anti-inflammatories - often prescribed for inflammation of muscles, ligaments and nerve roots. They should be taken on a short-term basis (4-6 weeks) because long-term usage can potentially damage your liver and kidneys. Examples of anti-inflammatories are Advil, Celebrex, Lodine, Motrin, Naprosyn, Relafen, and Medrol-Dose pack.
- Muscle Relaxers - often prescribed to help decrease muscle spasms and recommended for use on a short-term basis. Examples of muscle relaxes include Flexeril, Robaxin, Skelaxin, and Soma.
- Painkillers - often prescribed to help decrease acute pain. Short-term use of painkillers is advised for up to 3-4 weeks to ease recovery and rehabilitation. However, it’s important to keep in mind that many painkillers are narcotics and therefore are not recommended for use on a long term basis due to their strength and addictive nature. Patients in need of long-term narcotics, and who have not undergone recent surgery or need it in the near future, may be referred to a pain management center. Examples of painkillers include Darvocet, Lortab, Norco, and Vicodin.
- Refills - when refilling medication, it is recommended you always use the same pharmacy. This ensures your safety and minimizes the risk of taking medications that may have harmful interactions with each other.
Don’t let pain prevent you from living the life you deserve.