Understanding Medication Treatment of SI Joint Pain
There are a number of over the counter and prescription SI Joint Pain Medicines. Doctors will sometimes recommend using strategic combinations of these treatments to get the most effective pain relief for people suffering from SI joint pain or SI joint dysfunction.
Sometimes, one type of SI joint treatment isn’t enough to effectively control the pain. When this is the case, your physician might also combine one of these treatments with a course of SI joint pain medicine designed to provide greater relief. There are a number of over the counter and prescription medicines that can help. Doctors will sometimes recommend using strategic combinations of these medications in order to provide the best chance at relief. Some medicines, like acetaminophen (often referred to as the brand name Tylenol) can help to reduce pain, while others like NSAIDs (non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs) can reduce SI joint inflammation as well as pain.
Over The Counter SI Joint Pain Medicine
For many episodes of SI joint pain, medicines called “oral analgesics” can provide sufficient pain control. These include Tylenol and its generic equals. This type of SI joint pain medication therapy can be especially helpful in people who are sensitive to stronger types of medicine.
Over the counter (OTC) examples of NSAID medicines for SI joint pain relief include ibuprofen (known by the brand name Advil) and naproxen (usually referenced by the brand name Aleve). When using these over the counter SI joint medications at home, patients must be sure to consult with their physicians first and pay close attention to dosages and use duration because these medication types can have side effects that include stomach (gastrointestinal or GI) upset, pain and even bleeding in more serious cases. Be sure to review and understand all possible side effects before using any medications as a treatment option for SI joint pain.
Prescription Medications for Treating SI Joint Pain
When over the counter SI joint pain medications aren’t enough, stronger NSAIDs may be prescribed by doctors to help manage the symptoms and causes of SI joint dysfunction. Examples of prescription NSAIDs include Celecoxib (referred to as brand name Celebrex) and ketorolac (referenced as brand name Torodal). Like those of their OTC counterparts, these medications can also cause serious side effects that can include stomach upset and bleeding in rare cases. Anyone using these types of medicine for SI joint pain needs to be monitored closely to ensure these potentially life-threatening reactions do not occur. Be sure to discuss the signs and symptoms of possible side effects when using prescription medication as a treatment for SI joint pain with your doctor and always consult with your physician before taking any medications for your pain.
SI joint pain medicine doesn’t work for everyone and should only be used during the initial onset of SI joint pain, because a dependence on and resistance to these types of medication can occur rather quickly in some cases. But for those who can avoid prolonged use and respond well to this treatment, use of over the counter and/or prescription SI joint pain medicine can be an effective way for many people to manage the painful symptoms of SI Joint Dysfunction.
Getting the Help You Need
The treatment of chronic spine pain is a focused process and it is the job of expert doctors and other health care providers to help you overcome it. With your input, physicians experienced in diagnosing and treating SI joint pain with medications will develop a treatment plan that is best for you.