Back and Neck Pain

Back and Neck pain is a common complaint. The most common cause of acute back or neck pain is a muscle injury, in which muscle fibers stretch too far and tear. Muscle injury may be caused by overuse, such as from heavy lifting, as well as by repetitive motions that put continual stress on the back or neck muscles.


Acetaminophen (such as Tylenol) reduces fever and relieves pain. It does not reduce inflammation, as do nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs), such as aspirin and ibuprofen, but it is less likely to cause stomach upset and other side effects. Be sure to follow the nonprescription medicine precautions…

Anesthetic or Corticosteroid Injections for Low Back Pain

Covers injecting local anesthetic, either alone or combined with a corticosteroid, to treat low back pain. Includes trigger point, facet joint, and epidural injections. Looks at why they are used and how well they work. Includes possible side effects.

Ankylosing Spondylitis

Discusses ankylosing spondylitis, a condition that causes pain, stiffness, and swelling in the spine. Covers causes and symptoms. Looks at treatment with conditioning exercises, medicines, and surgery. Offers home treatment tips.

Aspirin for Pain, Fever, and Inflammation

Aspirin (such as Bayer or Bufferin) relieves pain and reduces fever and inflammation. Warning : Do not give aspirin to anyone younger than 20 unless your doctor tells you to do so because of the risk of Reye syndrome. Be sure to follow the nonprescription medicine precautions. Aspirin is a nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory…