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What pain medications are used to treat spinal compression fractures?

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A carefully prescribed "cocktail" of pain medications can relieve bone-on-bone, muscle, and nerve pain. If it's prescribed correctly, you can reduce doses of the individual drugs in the cocktail.

Over-the-counter pain medications -- particularly acetaminophen and non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs) are often enough to relieve your pain. Narcotic pain medications and muscle relaxants are often prescribed for short periods of time, due to a risk of addiction. Anti-depressants can also help relieve nerve-related pain.

SOURCES: 

Michael Schaufele, MD, physiatrist and professor of orthopaedics at Emory University School of Medicine in Atlanta. 

Rex Marco, MD, chief of spine surgery and musculoskeletal oncology at the University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston. 

F. Todd Wetzel, MD, professor of orthopaedic surgery and neurosurgery at Temple University School of Medicine. 

The North American Spine Society. 

National Institutes of Health/National Institute of Arthritis and Musculoskeletal and Skin Diseases. 

WebMD Medical Reference from Healthwise: "Vertebroplasty and kyphoplasty for compression fractures of the spine." 

The Arthritis Foundation, vol 52.  Bulletin on the Rhuematic Diseases

University of Maryland Spine Center: "A Patient's Guide to Anterior Lumbar Interbody Fusion."

Reviewed by Ross Brakeville on January 21, 2017

SOURCES: 

Michael Schaufele, MD, physiatrist and professor of orthopaedics at Emory University School of Medicine in Atlanta. 

Rex Marco, MD, chief of spine surgery and musculoskeletal oncology at the University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston. 

F. Todd Wetzel, MD, professor of orthopaedic surgery and neurosurgery at Temple University School of Medicine. 

The North American Spine Society. 

National Institutes of Health/National Institute of Arthritis and Musculoskeletal and Skin Diseases. 

WebMD Medical Reference from Healthwise: "Vertebroplasty and kyphoplasty for compression fractures of the spine." 

The Arthritis Foundation, vol 52.  Bulletin on the Rhuematic Diseases

University of Maryland Spine Center: "A Patient's Guide to Anterior Lumbar Interbody Fusion."

Reviewed by Ross Brakeville on January 21, 2017

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