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I hurt my lower back exercising and am in serious pain. What is the best treatment?

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Dr. Keegan Duchicela
Family Medicine
2 doctors agree

In brief: Many things at once.

The best treatment for a lower back strain is icing immediately (then switch to warmth after 2-3 days), Ibuprofen or naproxen, and keeping active.
In the past, people would be in bed all day after a back strain, but now we know you can actually decrease pain by being up and mobile, walking and doing normal activities. Don't be surprised if it takes 2-3 weeks to feel better! good luck!

In brief: Many things at once.

The best treatment for a lower back strain is icing immediately (then switch to warmth after 2-3 days), Ibuprofen or naproxen, and keeping active.
In the past, people would be in bed all day after a back strain, but now we know you can actually decrease pain by being up and mobile, walking and doing normal activities. Don't be surprised if it takes 2-3 weeks to feel better! good luck!
Dr. Keegan Duchicela
Dr. Keegan Duchicela
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Dr. Steven Charlap
Holistic Medicine

In brief: Short term

In addition to icing and some NSAID such as ibuprofen, i find the use of a back brace for up to two days (no more) can allow the nerve and muscle to relax and return to a normal state.

In brief: Short term

In addition to icing and some NSAID such as ibuprofen, i find the use of a back brace for up to two days (no more) can allow the nerve and muscle to relax and return to a normal state.
Dr. Steven Charlap
Dr. Steven Charlap
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Dr. Marcie Stoshak-Chavez
Emergency Medicine

In brief: Antiinflammatory med

Try resting and take an antiinflammatory medication such as Ibuprofen or naprosyn (naproxen).
Sometimes a heat wrap will help as well. If you are still experiencing pain or if the pain is radiating down your leg, make an appointment with your doctor.

In brief: Antiinflammatory med

Try resting and take an antiinflammatory medication such as Ibuprofen or naprosyn (naproxen).
Sometimes a heat wrap will help as well. If you are still experiencing pain or if the pain is radiating down your leg, make an appointment with your doctor.
Dr. Marcie Stoshak-Chavez
Dr. Marcie Stoshak-Chavez
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