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Lower Back Pain Treatment Overview

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Care Plan


First steps to consider

  • Mild to moderate lower back pain can usually be treated at home.
  • Rest, ice and heat, ibuprofen (Advil), and gentle stretching can help back pain.

When you may need a provider

  • Back pain does not get better on its own in about 4 weeks
  • Moderate to severe back pain that affects your everyday activities.

Emergency Care

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Call 911 or go to the ER if you have any of the following symptoms:

  • New worsening back pain and you’re older than 60
  • Fever
  • Weakness in your leg
  • Loss of control of your bowel or bladder or not able to urinate
  • Numbness or tingling in your lower extremities (hip and below)
  • Prior diagnosis of cancer
  • Trauma in the past 48 hours (car accident or a fall)

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