Lower Back Pain Treatment Overview
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.
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
- 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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