Changing positions or shifting posture may reduce immediate discomfort. For example, laying on the back, with feet on a chair and knees at a 90-degree angle, can be quite comfortable for back problems.
Apply a cold compress several times a day for no more than 20 minutes at a time.
Give nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory medication (such as Motrin, Aleve, Advil or Naprosyn).
2. Have the Person Rest
Lying flat for a day or two may help, but no longer than that; it is important to become active again sooner than later.
The person should avoid activities such as lifting or pushing.
3. See a Health Care Provider
All slipped disks should be evaluated.
The health care provider may recommend muscle relaxants, anti-inflammatory medications, injections of pain reliever, acupuncture, or physical therapy.