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Whether it’s due to illness, an injury, or some other condition, if you’re in pain, there’s no need to tough it out. Whatever is causing your pain, rest assured that there are pain relief options available.
Discover the many different types of pain relief that you can try – including medicinal options, as well as exercises for pain relief and some simple tips for pain management at home.
Pain Relief Medications
If you’re experiencing pain, there are several types of common pain relief medications that can help to provide you with some temporary relief.
These medicines may be available over the counter (OTC) or by prescription from your doctor, and the medicine that’s right for you will depend on the kind of pain you’re dealing with and how severe it is.
However, before using painkillers of any kind, it’s best to consult with a doctor to make sure they’re appropriate for you.
Some pain relief medicines include:
No matter which of the above medicines you may take to help ease your pain, always use any medication exactly as directed on the product label, and read the full dosage instructions before use.
If your pain does not improve after treatment with any of these common pain relief medications, speak to your doctor. They can advise you on the appropriate next steps for easing your pain.
Exercises for Pain Relief
If muscle aches or pain are the problem, you may be surprised to learn that light exercise can often be helpful in providing effective pain relief.vi
While it may seem counter-intuitive to exercise when you’re experiencing body pain, in fact, certain forms of easy movement have been shown to be beneficial for sore back muscles when done regularly.vi
Some common types of exercise for pain relief include:vi, vii
It’s important to speak to a doctor or physiotherapist before undertaking any of these forms of exercise if you are experiencing pain, to make sure it is safe for you to do so. They can advise you on the best exercises for your specific situation and ensure that you are not at risk of causing yourself any further pain or damage.vi
While there are many different types of pain relief medicines available that can go a long way to temporarily easing your pain, there are a few simple things you can do at home to help manage your pain, too.
For instance, you can:
For more tips on how to manage your specific pain at home, speak to a healthcare professional.
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xi. Rest, Ice, Compression, and Elevation (RICE). Michigan Medicine, University of Michigan. https://www.uofmhealth.org/health-library/tw4354spec. Acccessed 09/11/20.