Medications and Spinal Injections to Relieve Neck Pain

Written by Jason M. Highsmith, MD

Based on the underlying spinal condition causing your neck pain, your doctor will recommend a treatment plan. The vast majority of people with neck pain don't need surgery. Generally, the cause is a muscle strain, so time is a good medicine. However, medications may help ease your neck pain, and your doctor will talk to you about your options.

Medications for Neck Pain

Your doctor may prescribe medications to treat your neck pain.

The severity of your pain determines the prescription, which could be:

As with all medications, you must follow your doctor's advice precisely. Never mix over-the-counter and prescribed drugs without consulting your doctor.

Spinal Injections:  Another Option for Neck Pain

The doctor may suggest you get a spinal injection, which is an injection of medication right to the root of the problem.

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Medications: Part of an Overall Neck Pain Treatment Plan

Medications and/or spinal injections may be part of a more comprehensive treatment plan that includes physical therapy.  The medications may give you pain relief so that you feel more comfortable working on strenghtening the muscles that support the neck (if it's a muscle issue causing your pain—this is just an example).  Also (and this almost goes without saying), but medications are not in any way treating the source of your problem; they are simply providing you with pain relief.

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