7. Know Your Over-the-Counter Medications
Muscle aches and stiffness can be relieved using nonprescription pain medications. Nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory medications (NSAIDs) and acetaminophen are the two most common over-the-counter choices. Aspirin, ibuprofen, and naproxen are examples of NSAIDs.
NSAIDs, as their name suggests, help to reduce inflammation, which can cause swelling and pain. Acetaminophen, on the other hand, has no effect on inflammation. For occasional back pain, you can use any form of pain reliever. If you have arthritis of the spine or other inflammatory disorders, NSAIDs may help, according to Hemani.