Common Medications for Pain

Many kinds of medications can be used to reduce spine and orthopedic pain, from over-the-counter drugs to powerful opioids. Some common types of pain medications include:

For severe acute or post-operative pain, opioid analgesics (also known as narcotics) may be necessary. They include codeine (Tylenol #3), hydrocodone (Vicodin) and oxycodone (Percocet, Oxycontin). These drugs can be very effective, but they also have risks and side effects. The body may build a tolerance to them quickly; therefore, they are generally only prescribed for short periods of time (usually less than two weeks).

Ultram (tramadol) is a pain reliever used for moderate to severe low back pain, whether it is acute, chronic, post-operative or intermittent. Its strength lies between acetaminophen and opioid analgesics. It is a non-opioid, non habit-forming medication and the body does not build up a tolerance to it.

Muscle relaxants can help relieve low back pain associated with muscle spasms. Common muscle relaxants include metaxalone (Skelaxin) and cyclodenzaprine (Flexeril).

Anti-inflammatory medications (NSAIDs or oral steroids) may be given for a short time to relieve low back pain. These medications work by reducing inflammation (swelling) and pain. Common anti-inflammatory medications include diclofenac (Voltaren), naproxen sodium (Naprosyn) and meloxicam (Mobic).

The medication(s) that your doctor recommends, will depend on several factors including; the intensity and cause of your pain, your response to other treatments, and other health conditions that you may have.

Personal Care

Personal Care

Each new patient at Integrative Spine & Orthopedic Rehabilitation receives a one hour intial consultation. This allows Dr. Carter to better understand the patient’s condition and provide a specialized recovery plan. Physical Therapy sessions, if needed, are conducted one on one.

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Holistic Approach

Holistic Approach

Integrative Spine & Orthopedic Rehabilitation’s holistic approach to treatment combines natural remedies with the most cutting edge treatments in traditional medicine such as stem cell therapy and plasma rich plasma injections. Learn more about the services we offer.

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Diverse Clientele

Diverse Clientele

Dr. Alicia Carter’s clientele includes college and professional athletes, Broadway performers, professional dancers, musicians, as well as weekend warriors. Many physicians and other health professionals seek her care for their own orthopedic conditions.

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