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Myth 4: Medications are the best way to manage lower back pain
There are agreed upon standards when prescribing medications, especially in the acute phase following an injury. We use medications initially for pain, inflammation and relaxing the muscles to get patients past that acute stage. As we get into the sub-acute or chronic stage however, we have to be mindful of what we’re prescribing and for how long.
Medicines like Vicodin and Percocet are very easy to prescribe, but with prolonged use it can become a challenge to wean patients off these medicines. Together, doctors and patients should strive to utilize fewer medications over time for back pain.