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    Chronic Pain Relief: New Treatments

    Other Options

    Many types of pain medications are available. The best one for you may not be obvious.

    Some common over-the-counter drugs can help. Aspirin and ibuprofen are “completely underutilized,” Gupta says.

    Acetaminophen relieves many types of mild to moderate pain, and you can get it over the counter. It’s also combined with other medications available by prescription.

    Keep in mind that even over-the-counter meds carry risks. Tell your doctor about all of the medicines you take.

    Other choices include:

    Complementary and Alternative Approaches

    Things like yoga, massage, and acupuncture aren’t new. But there’s a lot of recent research on them.

    Acupuncture involves placing tiny needles in the skin at certain points on the body. Many studies show it can ease low-back pain. It may also help for joint pain due to arthritis.

    Massage, spinal adjustment, and yoga can also help some people with low-back pain. The relief from massage may be short-term, though.

    Talk with your doctor if you're thinking about complementary and alternative options. Some may be risky for certain people.

    “You may not be able to address the health problem causing pain,” Yoon says, “but you can improve quality of life, and that’s what really matters.”

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    Reviewed on May 17, 2016

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