Drugs and Medications for Spinal Fractures

Written by Jason M. Highsmith, MD

Spinal fractures may or may not cause pain. If yours is painful, the doctor may have you try various drugs and medications to help deal with the pain. These medications won't help you heal faster; their purpose is to relieve your pain so that you can get through your day-to-day activities. Also, you can take advantage of the pain-free period the drugs and medications give you by doing physical therapy to strengthen your spinal muscles.
With drugs and medications, you always want to start out with the lowest dosage of the "weakest" medications. That is—unless you're in excruciating pain and it's an extreme circumstance, the doctor probably won't start you out on a narcotic like morphine.

There is a progression to drugs and medications. Most likely, you'll start with an over-the-counter medication. If that sufficiently relieves your pain, you won't have to try anything stronger. If it doesn't, talk to your doctor, and he or she may prescribe something stronger for you.

As with any drug or medication, talk to your doctor before trying anything. There may be side effects or interactions that you're unaware of, and you want to be safe as you try to deal with your pain.

Over-the-Counter Medications for Spinal Fracture Pain

Prescription Medications for Spinal Fracture Pain

Again, your doctor will help you find the right medication and dosage for your pain so that you have pain relief but don't feel that your life is controlled by medications. It may take a while to find the best balance of medications, so be sure to talk to your doctor about how well the medications are working and any side effects you're experiencing.

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