Lower back pain can strike at any time. You may be at home relaxing, outside exercising, or just working at your desk when the pain creeps up on you. For acute pain, at-home measures like ice packs and ample rest can help relieve sprains and other minor injuries to the back. For chronic lower back pain, though, a visit to your doctor may be in order.
Your physician will discuss your symptoms and develop an appropriate treatment plan. Research has shown that conservative treatment approaches have produced better outcomes than more aggressive approaches. For resolving chronic pain, your doctor may first prescribe muscle relaxants or pain medications. If those do not work, your doctor may order X-rays or other screenings for further investigation.
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EMBRACE | September 2018