Aspirin is one of the oldest and most common analgesics, or pain killers, available. In ancient times, fevers and body aches were treated with the leaves and bark of the willow tree or spiraea plant, which contain the extract salicin. When saturated in water, salicin becomes salicylic acid, the precursor to aspirin. The modern synthetic version of aspirin we are familiar with today – acetylsalicylic acid – was created in 1897 by German scientist Felix Hoffman.


Aspirin can be used to treat mild to moderate pain, inflammation and fever. It is also considered an NSAID, or a non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drug. When taken for a short period of time in lower doses, aspirin typically provides sufficient relief from pain. Higher dosages taken over longer stretches of time can build up and reduce inflammation more effectively. Aspirin has also been found to benefit people with cardiovascular problems, helping to reduce the risk of stroke and heart attack. Before taking aspirin or any drug, it is best to always consult with your physician first.

Side effects

While aspirin is considered one of the safer over-the-counter or prescription-strength drugs available, serious side effects can sometimes develop, such as:

  • Gastrointestinal ulcers
  • Stomach bleeding
  • Stomach pain
  • Weakness
  • Dizziness

Laser Spine Institute

While aspirin may be often recommended as a treatment for neck and back pain, its use may not effectively alleviate the symptoms associated with some spinal conditions. Laser Spine Institute has helped tens of thousands of people find relief from neck and back pain through the use of advanced, minimally invasive techniques. We use these more effective techniques to perform a variety of minimally invasive procedures on a convenient, outpatient basis. Contact Laser Spine Institute for more information.