Medication

Role of Medications in Back Pain

Medications play an effective role in the treatment of back or neck pain. Your doctor may prescribe several medications to help reduce pain and associated symptoms that are caused by unhealthy spinal conditions or deformities.

When treating chronic lower back pain, your doctor will prescribe a medication regimen taking into consideration your precise needs after analyzing the severity, period of pain and your medical history. The main aim of prescribing medications is to reduce the pain, increase your comfort level, and reduce the danger of misuse or abuse of the medications.

Over-the-counter Pain Relievers

  • Over-the-counter pain relievers are medications available without a doctor’s prescription. They include acetaminophen, non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs) and topical pain relievers.
  • Analgesic and NSAIDs help to reduce fever and alleviate pain caused by general muscle aches and stiffness. Moreover, NSAIDs can also reduce inflammation. NSAIDs help relieve pain by reducing the level of prostaglandins (hormone-like substances) that cause pain.
  • Topical pain relievers include creams, lotions, and sprays that are applied to the skin of painful muscles or joints.

Opioid Pain Medications

Opioids are typically prescribed for chronic non-malignant pain, including low back pain for high levels of comfort while not developing toxicity to the body or having any indication of psychological dependence or addiction. Opioid therapy should be considered as the last treatment option in cases of unrelieved pain despite alternative medications (such as the use of non-opioid drugs). You will be informed regarding the side effects of opioids and suggested to follow-up with your doctor regularly. Monthly appointments should be scheduled to assess the dose of the drug until you experience partial or complete relief from pain.

Because of possible toxicity to the body, physical, psychological dependence or addiction, and the loss of efficacy due to developmental tolerance, opioid medical care or narcotic administration are widely rejected in the treatment of chronic back pain.

Corticosteroids

Corticosteroids are used to reduce swelling caused due to inflammation. When used to control pain, corticosteroids can be prescribed in the form of pills or injections.

Muscle relaxers

Muscle relaxers are drugs that are commonly used to treat acute muscle problems. Sometimes, they can help treat painful muscle spasms. These medications help in reducing muscle tone and tension in skeletal muscles. Some muscle relaxers have a direct effect on the skeletal muscle fibers, while others work at the level of the spinal cord.

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Melinda Bess
Melinda Bess
2024-02-14
Dr. Iqbal is the best pain management doctor I have ever had and will have. She does her homework first which I think makes the difference in diagnosis. She is the total package, a very smart and beautiful doctor, wife, and mother. Hand on Bible she changed my life, and I will forever be in debt to her. I can't say thank you enough. I appreciate her staff; they are all awesome as well. I laughed and cried in her office, but her smile and staff always made me feel welcome like part of their family. I would and will drive across country to see her. The referral to a new knee surgeon to fix a bad knee replacement was the best. I got a new knee, and it has been a huge blessing as well. Thank you, Dr. Iqbal and staff you all are 5 stars, in my life.
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2024-02-13
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2024-02-13
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Brenda Jones
2024-02-02
I visited this facility in January for severe back pain I was experiencing. The whole ordeal from beginning to end was amazing. I wish I had known about this place years ago before suffering from so much pain. Dr. Mehreen Iqbal, her assistant Michealle Dooley and their staff is the best. I had a procedure done on 1/17/24 and I no longer suffer from back pain and I'm able to walk again. I highly recommend this facility, 10 Stars!!!
Ann Adkins
Ann Adkins
2024-02-01
Wonderful experience with Dr. Iqbal & her staff! She is amazing! She listens to her patients & immediately developed a plan to address my back & neck pain. I already feel SO much better and am confident that her plan for me will mean continued improvement. Her staff is wonderful too - friendly, helpful & responsive. I highly recommend Dr. Iqbal & her team!
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Camille Adams
2024-01-22
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Noor Malik
2024-01-02
My PCP recommended Dr. Mehreen and she was wonderful through out the entire injection process. She took her time explaining everything and was patient through out the process. In my opinion, she is the best pain management doc around.
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Jessie Wilson
2023-12-08
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Shimmerynight Skies
2023-12-08
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2023-12-04
Excellent doctor. Dr. Iqbal explained every thing in detail and laid out a very clear plant to treat the problem/pain.