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Nonspecific Back Pain

Nonspecific Back Pain | Symptoms & Signs | Diagnosis & Tests | Prevention & Expectations | Treatment & Monitoring

What are the treatments for the condition?

Nonspecific back pain usually goes away in a few days to a few weeks. Treatment usually includes resting the back for just a few days. Many people think that back pain means spending a long time in bed. The opposite is true. In general, it is best to begin moving and doing normal activities within a few days. Too much rest can cause the back to hurt more because muscles become weakened.

Other treatments for back pain include:

  • antidepressants
  • corticosteroid injections
  • heat or ice
  • mild exercise that does not stress the back
  • muscle relaxants to relieve muscle spasms
  • nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs, or NSAIDS, such as ibuprofen
  • prescription pain medicines for severe pain
  • stress management
  • Occasionally, physical therapy or chiropractic can be ordered to reduce pain and improve function.

    What are the side effects of the treatments?

    NSAIDs may cause stomach upset or allergic reaction. Other medicines may cause drowsiness, constipation, or allergic reaction.

    What happens after treatment for the condition?

    Generally, a person can expect to recover fairly quickly from nonspecific back pain. Learning about the back and how to prevent reinjury is important.

    How is the condition monitored?

    People with nonspecific back pain can expect to feel better within a few days to a few weeks. If healing does not occur within this time, the healthcare provider should be consulted. Any new or worsening symptoms should be reported to the provider.

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    Author: Terry Mason, MPH
    Reviewer: Eileen McLaughlin, RN, BSN
    Date Reviewed: 05/30/01

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