How is low back pain treated?
Most back injuries will heal with a conservative treatment approach. Usually, with conservative treatment, the pain will subside within 4 to 7 days. Conservative treatment includes bed rest (no more than 2 to 3 days), acetaminophen (non-aspirin over-the-counter pain killer) or an anti-inflammatory medication, and cold packs to diminish swelling and muscle spasm. If there is no improvement after 4 to 7 days, contact your doctor.