What is the outlook for people with back pain?
The prognosis for complete recovery is excellent. Most people with acute mechanical back pain respond very rapidly to treatment. About 90% of people with acute low back pain are symptom-free in 1 to 2 weeks. Many of the remaining estimated 10% recover within 3 months.
Recurrences of back pain are common. Continuing your home exercise program may help reduce your risk of another episode.