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For chronic lower back pain that is fue to soft tissue damage, is it better to take aspirin, ibuprofen or acetaminophen roughly 3 times a week?

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Dr. SG Erman
Dr. SG Ermananswered
Family Medicine 35 years experience
I have never heard: I've never heard that taking pain medicine three times a week is any better for treating low back soft tissue injury. In order to take full advantage of the anti-inflammatory effect of Ibuprofen or aspirin, it needs to be in your body all the time, and can take 7 to 10 days for full anti-inflammatory effect. Until then, is only a pain medication. Tylenol (acetaminophen) is only a pain and fever reducing medicat.
Dr. Neetu Ahluwalia
Pain Management 20 years experience
Any if them: Taking any of those medications is fine- just take as prescribed. Stretching and exercises are equally important if not more.

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