In some cases, lower back pain can improve with rest, without need for treatment. Under these circumstances, it is best to remain active and resume normal daily activities.
If the pain does not improve, you may need:
- Back brace, usually for 2 – 4 days, to support a problematic disc
- Bed rest, usually for no more than 2 days, to rest the sore discs and nerves
- Medication to help with sleep and to control pain, swelling and muscle spasms (cramps)
- Physiotherapy to relieve pain, improve back movement and maintain a healthy posture
- Spinal injection to relieve pain
Surgery may be advised if your lower back pain is severe and does not improve.
Types of surgery for lower back pain include:
- Laminectomy to relieve pressure on the spinal nerves
- Discectomy to remove a portion of the disc that is pressing on the nerve root
- Spinal fusion
If you experience frequent or persistent lower back pain, make an appointment for a diagnosis and appropriate treatment.
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