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How do you treat back pain?

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Your specific treatment will depend on what's causing your pain and where in your back it is.

Despite what you may think or have been told before, staying in bed isn't usually the answer; gentle exercise is. Physical therapy also can help.

Over-the-counter pain relievers, ice, and heat will work to take the edge off most back pain.

Complementary therapies, such as chiropractic spinal manipulation, acupuncture, and massage, can help ease pain, too.

If a bone is damaged, or you have a herniated disk or pinched nerve, you may need surgery. But for ongoing back pain, doctors will try other treatments first.

From: Back Pain: What You Need to Know WebMD Medical Reference

SOURCES: 

Oh, W. January/February 2004. The Clinical Journal of Pain,

Friedman, F. , Lyons Press, 2004. Outwitting Back Pain: Why Your Lower Back Hurts and How to Make It Stop

Mayo Clinic: "Back pain: Symptoms."

Reviewed by Carol DerSarkissian on September 13, 2017

SOURCES: 

Oh, W. January/February 2004. The Clinical Journal of Pain,

Friedman, F. , Lyons Press, 2004. Outwitting Back Pain: Why Your Lower Back Hurts and How to Make It Stop

Mayo Clinic: "Back pain: Symptoms."

Reviewed by Carol DerSarkissian on September 13, 2017

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