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What are treatments for low back pain?

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What you need for treatment depends on the cause of your low back pain.

Your doctor may recommend temporary use of medications to relieve pain. These might include over-the counter medicines such as acetaminophen or nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs such as aspirin, ibuprofen, or naproxen. Sometimes, stronger medications may be prescribed for pain treatment. If pain is severe or lasts, you may need oral or injected steroids.

SOURCES:

AAOS: "Low Back Pain," "Preventing Back Pain at Work and at Home," "Preventing Back Pain: Tips for New Moms."

APTA: "Back Pain."

University of Missouri-Columbia: "Mechanical Low Back Pain."

NINDS: "Low Back Pain Fact Sheet."

Reviewed by Tyler Wheeler on May 16, 2018

SOURCES:

AAOS: "Low Back Pain," "Preventing Back Pain at Work and at Home," "Preventing Back Pain: Tips for New Moms."

APTA: "Back Pain."

University of Missouri-Columbia: "Mechanical Low Back Pain."

NINDS: "Low Back Pain Fact Sheet."

Reviewed by Tyler Wheeler on May 16, 2018

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