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Treating musculoskeletal and connective tissue disorders depends on the severity and cause of symptoms. Occasional pain can be controlled with exercises in combination with over-the-counter analgesics such as acetaminophen, and anti-inflammatories such as ibuprofen or other non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs). Advanced conditions require prescription medications, which can be prescribed alongside physical and occupational therapy.
Several of the main drug classes used to treat these conditions are included in the topics below.