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Suggest treatment for pain due to back injury

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Posted on Wed, 22 Apr 2015
Question: My wife, 85 years old, had a bad back fall and was diagnosed with a contusion on the spine - no fracture. She is in considerable pain - now 10 days since the fall
She is now on hydrocodon-acetaminon as a pain medication. Is there any further treatment for her pain
and can one estimate, approximately, what is the recovery time?
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Answered by Dr. Rovena Murati (3 hours later)
Brief Answer:
it depends from the severity of the injury.

Detailed Answer:
Hello,

Welcome to Healthcare Magic.

I read carefully your query and I am sorry that your wife is going through this.

There are a large number of analgesics that can be used to manage pain.
She is taking a combination of hydrocodone and acetaminophen .Hydrocodone is a narcotic analgesic.
Other options are :
-NSAIDs like ( ibuprofen, naproxen, celecoxib etc)
-Opioid analgesics ( tramadol, oxycodone, morphine, fentanyl, codeine, methadone and buprenorphine)
-Muscle relaxants and antispasticity medications (baclofen, diazapam, tizanidine, dantrolene, or clonazepam.)
-Antidepressants

If the pain due to back injury is not controlled with the analgesic that she is taking (hydrocodone/acetaminophen) she need to consult her treating doctor to discuss an appropriate treatment for her pain.

The recovery time depends on the severity of the contusion but it may vary from several weeks to months.
It is difficult to do any prediction.


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Suggest treatment for pain due to back injury

Brief Answer: it depends from the severity of the injury. Detailed Answer: Hello, Welcome to Healthcare Magic. I read carefully your query and I am sorry that your wife is going through this. There are a large number of analgesics that can be used to manage pain. She is taking a combination of hydrocodone and acetaminophen .Hydrocodone is a narcotic analgesic. Other options are : -NSAIDs like ( ibuprofen, naproxen, celecoxib etc) -Opioid analgesics ( tramadol, oxycodone, morphine, fentanyl, codeine, methadone and buprenorphine) -Muscle relaxants and antispasticity medications (baclofen, diazapam, tizanidine, dantrolene, or clonazepam.) -Antidepressants If the pain due to back injury is not controlled with the analgesic that she is taking (hydrocodone/acetaminophen) she need to consult her treating doctor to discuss an appropriate treatment for her pain. The recovery time depends on the severity of the contusion but it may vary from several weeks to months. It is difficult to do any prediction.