Medications and Injections
Medications can help ease your back or neck pain. Your doctor may prescribe:
- Nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs
- A muscle relaxant
- Narcotics, such as codeine, for a short period of time.
Injections may help relieve pain for weeks or months by reducing inflammation or numbing the source of pain.
A cortisone injection helps decrease inflammation around the nerve roots but the pain relief usually lasts less than six weeks.
A numbing medication can be injected into or near the structures believed to be causing your back pain.
Early studies indicate that botulism toxin (Botox) also may help relieve back pain, perhaps by paralyzing strained muscles in spasm. Botox injections typically wear off within three to four months.