With the right lower back pain treatment the symptoms of back pain often settle quickly. When you first get acute lower back pain it can be very frightening.
You may fear that you have seriously damaged your lower back and worry that the pain will never go away and you are going to be stuck like this forever. Remember, this is rarely the case, so try not to worry.
Do try this:
Remember that 95% of low back pain sufferers have simple lower back pain and nothing seriously wrong with their backs.
Try not to worry that you have seriously damaged yourself. Pain is not a good indicator of tissue damage and if you avoid moving because you are frightened you will make it worse - then you will make it worse.Get moving and you will get better faster.
Resting on your back with legs up on a stool or pillow
Resting on your back with a pillow under your knees
Lying on your front with a pillow under your hips
Don't do this
Years ago bed rest was the lower back pain treatment of choice, it was routine to be told to have a weeks bed rest and lie flat on your back if you had back pain. Many people (and some doctors sadly) still think this is the way to manage this problem. But modern day management of back pain does not include bed rest. When you lie in bed your muscles become weak and de-conditioned, your joints stiffen up, your mood becomes low as you are not having much social contact and your mind can go into overdrive worrying about what you have done to yourself. Its best to avoid bed rest if you can.
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Before starting any exercise programme or other lower back pain treatment check with your doctor or physiotherapist to ensure it is suitable for your individual needs.
So it's fairly likely that you will get back pain again - don't worry about this though - back pain does not necessarily need to cause you major problems
If you have had back pain for more than 5 days read Treatment for chronic back pain
Lower Back Pain Treatment -an overview of the differences between chronic and acute pain
Menezes Costa s2012. The prognosis of acute and persistent low-back pain: a meta-analysis. Canadian Medical Association Journal, 184(11), pp.E613–E624.