MedicationIf you are suffering from back pain, it is important to understand the different treatment options available to you. While lifestyle changes and exercise are the first option, the second is medication.

Over-the-Counter Medication

Before opting for stronger, prescription strength medication, you will want to try over-the-counter alternatives first. Whether your back pain is dull and non-localized or sharp and focused, medication will usually help to some degree. While it may not completely eliminate your pain, it often reduces it to a manageable level. For many people, this is all that’s necessary.

Prescription Medication

If over-the-counter medications help a little, but don’t provide enough relief, ask your doctor about prescription drugs. Commonly prescribed medications include opioids, corticosteroids, and prescription strength NSAIDS. Opioids are the least prescribed of the three, and users should be careful not to become dependent on them.

If either of these solutions work, it is best to avoid surgery and find out how to supplement these medications with lifestyle changes for optimal results. When medication doesn’t allow you to get back to doing the things you enjoy, surgery may be an alternative option. For lower back surgery, consider lumbar disc replacement, and talk with your doctor about the pros and cons.