Reach for an anti-inflammatory option instead

Instead of taking Tylenol or other acetaminophen-based medications, experts say you should instead reach for non-steroidal anti-inflammatory medications (NSAIDs) to treat both back pain and inflammation.

Like acetaminophen, which is classified as an analgesic, NSAIDs are available in both over-the-counter and prescription strength. "Inflammation is a contributing factor in most back and neck pain conditions, so reducing inflammation often helps alleviate the pain," says Kathee de Falla, PharmD (via Spine Health). "They can be used to address short-term back, neck, and muscle pain," she adds. And for more on OTC pain relief, If you take these 2 OTC Meds Together, You're Putting Your Liver At Risk.