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Back Pain

Treatment

Physical Activity

Treatment involves pain relievers, reducing inflammation, restoring proper function and strength to the back, and preventing injury recurrence. Continuing to be as active as possible can help speed your recovery.

Sleeping

At night or while resting, lie on one side, with a pillow between the knees to ease pain and reduce stress on the lower back. Bed rest alone can worsen back pain and lead to complications such as depression, decreased muscle tone, and blood clots in the legs. Resume normal activities as soon as possible.

Heat

For short term relief, apply heat with heating pads or heated blankets. Warm baths can also help muscles relax. Avoid sleeping on a heating pad, which can burn and lead to tissue damage.

Body work

Trained specialists (such as chiropractors or osteopaths) use spinal manipulation to reduce pain and restore mobility.

Gentle working of the soft tissues can be performed by a massage therapist to help with pain and restore soft tissue mobility.

Medication

OTC Pain Relievers

Acetaminophen, naproxen, and ibuprofen can ease pain and reduce stiffness, swelling, or inflammation. Follow the recommended dosage on the label directions when using acetaminophen. The recommended dose for ibuprofen is three 200 mg tablets every four to six hours, taken with food. Do not exceed 2400 mg daily.