Back and Neck Pain

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  • Acetaminophen

    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...

  • 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...

  • Back and Neck Pain

    Includes links to info on back and neck pain. Also includes links to info on drugs used to treat back and neck pain, and guides to help you decide among treatment options.

  • Back Pain During Pregnancy

    Most women develop back pain at some point during pregnancy. As the size and weight of your growing belly place more strain on your back, you may notice your posture changing. To protect your back from poor posture, unnecessary strain, and painful injury, follow these guidelines: Avoid standing with your...

  • Back Pain in Children and Teenagers

  • Back Pain Needs Time, Activity, and Medicine

    Learn how your back is like a bridge and the three things that can fix most back problems.

  • Back Pain: Getting In and Out of Bed

    Learn easy ways to protect your back when you get in and out of bed and while you sleep.

  • Back Pain: Have a Maintenance Plan

    Learn simple ways to keep your back healthy.

  • Back Pain: Self-Massage With a Tennis Ball

    Learn an easy way to give yourself a back massage using a tennis ball.

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