Treatment options include:
Short-term bed rest is not generally recommended in normal individuals. It is only recommended in those with severe debilitating back pain, and for not more that 1-2 days. Movement helps in cases of muscle spasm and to maintain muscle strength.
- Hot or cold packs
- Stretching and strengthening exercises for back and abdominal muscles
- Education about how to deal with back problems
- Massage —Massage might be helpful especially if it is combined with education and exercise.
- Ultrasound treatments or electrical stimulation
Your doctor may recommend that you restrict activities for 3-6 weeks, then resume activities as soon as possible.
Only a small number of patients need surgery. It may be needed if nerve problems develop or other treatments fail to provide relief. Common procedures are diskectomy , laminectomy , and spinal fusion .
If you have low back pain, follow your doctor's instructions .
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