Medicine can decrease
low back pain and reduce muscle spasms in some people.
But medicine alone is not an effective treatment for low back pain. It should
be used along with other treatments, such as exercise and
There are several medicines your doctor may recommend,
depending on how long you have had pain, what other symptoms you have, and your
medical history. The medicines recommended most often are:
Anesthetic or corticosteroid injections have all been
prescribed for chronic low back pain, but they have not been researched enough
to know whether they are effective for most people.
You may also
hear of people having
facet joint injections of anesthetic or corticosteroid
for low back pain, but research has shown this to be ineffective or even
What To Think About
When making treatment decisions,
bear in mind that medicines that work for some people don't work for others.
Let your doctor know if the medicine you are taking is not effective. There may
be another option to help control your back pain.
Anticonvulsants are sometimes used to treat low back
pain, even though there isn't strong evidence that they help.
Botulinum toxin A (Botox) injection into the back
muscles for chronic low back pain is an experimental treatment.
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