Stephen J. Schueler, M.D.

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Aching Back Treatment

The treatment for back pain depends on the underlying cause. For mild pain, such as an acute back strain or sprain, rest is important initially, but prolonged bedrest may delay recovery. Anti-inflammatory medications are very effective for relieving back pain. As the pain resolves, physical therapy should be started as soon as possible. Back stretching and strengthening exercises can reduce pain and speed recovery. Severe injuries may require surgery to repair damaged tissue. Most causes of mild back pain resolve within 1-2 weeks, while moderate to severe back pain may take months to resolve.

Treatment for musculoskeletal back pain includes:

Additional treatment for back pain may also include:
  • Narcotic pain medication:
    • For moderate to severe pain
    • For short term use only
  • Back strengthening exercises
  • Massage therapy for the back
  • Physical therapy for the back
  • Ultrasound therapy
  • Transcutaneous electrical nerve stimulation
  • Surgery options:

Aching Back Specialist

Physicians from the following specialties evaluate and treat back pain:

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Last Updated: Mar 16, 2011 References
Authors: Stephen J. Schueler, MD; John H. Beckett, MD; D. Scott Gettings, MD
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