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What do I do for lower back pain?
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Dr. Craig Morton
Physical & Rehabilitation Medicine
2 doctors agree
In brief: Depends
Most episodes of low back pain improve within1-2 weeks when treated with anti-inflammatory medication, short term rest (about 24 hrs), and resuming ambulation.
Severe cases (continuing pain, leg pains, weakness, neurologic symptoms, bowel/bladder issues) may be a sign of more serious problems and require a physician consultation.

In brief: Depends
Most episodes of low back pain improve within1-2 weeks when treated with anti-inflammatory medication, short term rest (about 24 hrs), and resuming ambulation.
Severe cases (continuing pain, leg pains, weakness, neurologic symptoms, bowel/bladder issues) may be a sign of more serious problems and require a physician consultation.
Dr. Craig Morton
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Dr. Mitchell Cohn
True. Many times, however, with a proper osteopathic history & physical, including an osteopathic hands-on exam, problems which can be easily correct by manipulation may be found, substantially shortening the time of recovery from weeks to hours or days.
Dr. Thomas Dowling
Orthopedic Surgery - Spine
1 doctor agrees
In brief: A lot!
Lifestyle changes are important like not smoking, weight control and regular exercise.
You can use medication if no contraindications like ibuprophen or naproxen, try a back support, guided exercise & activity modification. If no better, then see your doctor for further evaluation and treatment.

In brief: A lot!
Lifestyle changes are important like not smoking, weight control and regular exercise.
You can use medication if no contraindications like ibuprophen or naproxen, try a back support, guided exercise & activity modification. If no better, then see your doctor for further evaluation and treatment.
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