What medicine should I be using for my back or neck pain?

A large proportion of us do not use medication correctly for musculo-skeletal pain with a large proportion of deaths a year, in the UK, related to non-steroidal anti inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs).

It is important that we improve our knowledge of what drugs are safe to take since self medication is epidemic and over the counter painkillers and anti-inflammatory’s are so easy to come by.

Patients often ask me what about painkillers and other medication. Sometime they want to know how long to take them and what else may help such as  hot or cold or topical (ointments/creams)?

I prefer to let my answer be patient specific, taking into consideration their age, injury type and stage and past medical history.