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What is the best NSAID for relieving pain caused by degenerative joint disease?

Nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs) can often provide effective relief from the pain associated with degenerative joint disease (a type of inflammatory arthritis). NSAIDs can reduce painful inflammation by inhibiting the body’s production of certain enzymes and proteins that promote the release of hormone-like chemicals (prostaglandins) from damaged tissues. Prostaglandins can cause swelling and intensify the pain signals generated by nearby nerves.

Types of NSAIDs used for treating degenerative joint disease

NSAIDs are one of the most commonly recommended treatments for spinal inflammation, and there are several types that can potentially provide effective degenerative joint disease pain relief. However, not all NSAIDs are appropriate for all patients. For instance, NSAIDs can interact with other medications, and some options can increase the risk of certain medical issues, such as heart attacks, strokes, infections, allergic reactions, ulcers and intestinal bleeding. Therefore, to ensure the safety and effectiveness of degenerative joint disease treatment, it’s essential to consult with a physician before taking any new medication, including an NSAID.

After evaluating a patient’s specific needs and determining that NSAID use is appropriate, a physician may suggest:

  • An over-the-counter NSAID, such as aspirin, ibuprofen or naproxen
  • A prescription-strength NSAID, such as celecoxib, diclofenac, oxaprozin, indomethacin, etodolac, meloxicam, ketoprofen, sulindac, diflunisal or nambumetone

If a physician recommends an NSAID for degenerative joint disease pain relief, it’s important for the patient to read, understand and follow the instructions on the label. Taking a medication incorrectly can be dangerous and possibly even life-threatening.

Surgical treatment for degenerative joint disease

NSAIDs are just one option for addressing degenerative joint disease pain. In general, if the symptoms continue or worsen despite several weeks or months of NSAID use and other conservative treatment, surgery may be considered.

If you’re exploring your surgical options for achieving degenerative joint disease pain relief, contact USA Spine Care to request a no-cost MRI review.* We can answer your questions and help you determine if you are a candidate for our minimally invasive surgery, which is often clinically appropriate and provides many advantages versus open neck or back surgery.^

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