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How to help lower back pain?

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Dr. Kenneth Choquette
Pain Management
2 doctors agree

In brief: Conservative first.

Big question. Whole books are written on this subject alonbe.
Conservative treatments like pt, exercise, ice/heat, short rest, are all good for mild acute pain. But if pain becomes severe or chronic, then you need to find out what is wrong. Prescription meds, injections in different areas of the spine are viable options. Don't jump into surgery.

In brief: Conservative first.

Big question. Whole books are written on this subject alonbe.
Conservative treatments like pt, exercise, ice/heat, short rest, are all good for mild acute pain. But if pain becomes severe or chronic, then you need to find out what is wrong. Prescription meds, injections in different areas of the spine are viable options. Don't jump into surgery.
Dr. Kenneth Choquette
Dr. Kenneth Choquette
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Dr. Cheryl White
Totally agree. Seek answers to cause then conservative treatment. Surgery, meaning bone cutting, as a last option. Injections may help (minimally invasive surgery). However some people do have to resort to surgery, but get a non-surgeons opinion. I am not against surgery, but it has to be justified, and you have to have realistic expectations as to resuts. Surgery is NOT primarily for pain relief but to resolve instbility or spinal damage.
Dr. Barbara A Majeroni
Family Medicine
2 doctors agree

In brief: Physical therapy

See a physical therapist to get instruction in exercises to strengthen your back muscles.
Then do the exercises, even if it hurts- it will be worth it in the long run.

In brief: Physical therapy

See a physical therapist to get instruction in exercises to strengthen your back muscles.
Then do the exercises, even if it hurts- it will be worth it in the long run.
Dr. Barbara A Majeroni
Dr. Barbara A Majeroni
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Dr. David Rosenfeld
Conservative treatment like physical therapy and over the counter medication helps most back pain. If your pain persists more than 12 weeks a more comprehensive evaluation is in order.
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