MedicationRegardless of severity and type, auto accident injuries often call for medication to relieve pain and reduce swelling. This is particularly true in the case of back and neck injuries.

Common Back and Neck Injuries

Some of the most frequently reported auto accident related back and neck injuries include:

  • Neck Sprain and Strain. Auto accidents often cause whiplash, resulting in the stretching or tearing of ligaments or muscles in the neck. When these tissues are stretched or torn, they cause pain and stiffness.
  • Herniated Disc. The high impact nature of auto accidents often cause spinal discs to become displaced or ruptured. When this happens, the disc comes into contact with surrounding nerves and tissues to create moderate to severe pain and discomfort.
  • Spinal Injuries. Other common injuries occur when the lumbar or thoracic spine is compromised. Strains, fractures, or even breaks can occur, leaving the individual in significant pain.

Medication as a Pain Relief Option

While many injuries require surgery, there are alternative options for pain management. These include both over-the-counter pain relievers and prescription medication. Typical over-the-counter options include acetaminophen and NSAIDs. Prescription pain relievers usually include corticosteroids,  NSAIDs, Muscle relaxants, opioids, antidepressants, and anticonvulsants. A doctor will usually start with NSAIDs and muscle relaxants before moving to opioids and antidepressants.