Debilitating Back Pain

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Alternative Names

Back pain - nonspecific


Treatment

The majority of nonspecific back pain is probably caused by muscle strain. This usually responds to 2-5 days of rest and pain medications (such as nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory agents -- ibuprofen, naproxen, aspirin, etc.), followed by gradual return to activities. Medications may be needed to reduce muscle spasms.

Physical therapy is often prescribed to instruct the patient on proper body mechanics (such as good...

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