Low Back Pain (cont.)
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Doctors divide low back pain into two categories:
After you have had low back pain once, the pain is likely to come back. To avoid further problems, keep your back and stomach muscles strong, use good posture, learn the safest way to lift heavy objects, and learn to manage stress.
Treatment for acute low back pain
Learn about the first aid steps you can take when you first get back pain, such as using heat or ice, taking medicine, and not resting too much.
Sometimes acute low back pain lasts longer than a few days, even after you try these treatments. Then your doctor may suggest other treatments, such as physical therapy or stronger pain medicine.
Treatment for chronic low back pain
If you have chronic back pain, you know that one type of treatment by itself doesn't always stop your pain.
Think of your treatment plan as a recipe. You and your doctor may need to add or take out ingredients to make it work.
Here are some choices to think about:
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