Low Back Pain - Topic Overview
How is it
Most low back pain will improve with basic first aid, which
includes continuing to do light activity such as walking, and taking
over-the-counter pain medicine as needed.
Walking is the simplest and
maybe the best exercise for the lower back. It gets your blood moving and helps
your muscles stay strong.
Your doctor or physical therapist can
recommend more specific exercises to help your back muscles get stronger. These
may include a series of simple exercises called
Strengthening the muscles in your trunk can improve your posture, keep your
body in better balance, and lower your chance of injury.
symptoms are severe or you still have symptoms after 2 weeks of self-care, see
your doctor. You may need stronger pain medicines, or you might benefit from
of the various treatments for back pain work for some people but not for
others. You may need to try different things to see which work best for you,
- Spinal manipulation.
Having ongoing (chronic) back pain can make you
depressed. In turn, depression can have an effect on your level of pain and
whether your back gets better. People with depression and chronic pain often
benefit from both antidepressant medicines and counseling. Counseling can help
you learn stress management and pain control skills.