If you’re experiencing neck or back pain, your physician might first recommend you try nonsurgical treatments to see if you can ease your pain with more conservative measures.

In addition to exercise, stretching, physical therapy and other treatment options, your physician might also suggest medications to help manage your pain. One of these medicines you might hear of is naproxen, which is often associated with the brand name Aleve.

What is naproxen?

Naproxen is a non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drug (NSAIDs) that is commonly suggested to individuals with neck pain, back pain, stiffness, tenderness, swelling and other symptoms due to arthritis of the spine and other forms of arthritis. NSAIDs, such as naproxen, work by preventing the body from producing a substance that causes inflammation, pain and fevers.

What else should I know about naproxen?

Naproxen comes in both prescription and non-prescription forms as either a tablet or a liquid, and is typically taken twice a day to help treat arthritis pain. In many cases, you can expect to see an improvement in your symptoms within a week, although it may take longer for you to experience the full effects of the medication.

As with any medicine, always consult your physician before starting a medication regimen and alert him or her of any potential health issues or other medications you’re taking that might cause problems. Side effects of naproxen can include sore throat, fever, nausea and more. Talk to your physician right away if you experience any negative symptoms after taking naproxen.

Other alternatives to naproxen medication

While medications such as naproxen can potentially help many individuals manage the effects of degenerative spinal conditions like arthritis, sometimes the pain and symptoms continue after several weeks or months of medication.

If you haven’t found pain relief from pain medication and other conservative treatments, contact Laser Spine Institute today. We offer minimally invasive, outpatient spine surgery to help treat pain caused by bone spurs, a bulging or herniated disc, facet disease and a variety of other degenerative spine conditions. Our surgeons can recommend a minimally invasive decompression or stabilization surgery based on the type, severity and location of your spine condition.

Our minimally invasive spine surgery provides many advantages versus traditional open neck or back surgery, and our streamlined experience eliminates hospital-associated costs and helps patients get back to their lives faster*.

Contact us today to find out why more than 75,000 patients have trusted us with their care.