One of the more common approaches to pain management which specialists in the field like Dr. Harvey Finkelstein will employ is treatment through pain medications. There is a large selection of pain meds available today, from mild-acting over-the-counter (OTC) medications to powerful drugs only available in the context of surgery or other severe pain situations.
Included in the OTC category are acetaminophen, nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs; and topical corticosteroids.
Acetaminophen is the generic name of the drug which is often and more commonly known as Tylenol, or Aspirin Free Excedrin. Together with NSAIDs (Motrin, Aleve and Orudis) these medications lower fever and help alleviate pain which is caused by stiffness and aches in the muscles. If the problem is inflammatory, then only NSAIDs will help.