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If you have low back pain, you’re not alone. Acute low back pain (pain that lasts 8 weeks or less) is very common. In fact, it’s the second most common reason that people visit their doctor.
More than 80% of people will have an episode of acute low back pain sometime in their lives. Over the years, scientific evidence has disproved many back pain myths, revealing the basic prevention and treatment options that work best.
Symptoms depend on the injury and will be different in each case. In general, most people feel:
See your doctor immediately or go to the nearest emergency room if you have any of these symptoms:
Make an appointment to see your doctor if you develop any of these symptoms:
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The exact cause of low back pain is often hard to pinpoint. Most acute (sharp or intense) low back pain is probably caused by muscle strain — usually from doing an activity you’re not used to (such as yard work, moving furniture, or heavy lifting). Or, you may have sprained the ligaments between your vertebrae (the bones in your back) or in the sacroiliac (SI) joint in the lower back. Less often, one of the discs that normally cushion your vertebrae can push out and press on a nerve.
The good news is that acute back pain is rarely caused by damage to your spine or by any other serious medical condition. In fact, in most cases you can recover quickly on your own — at least to the point where you can do normal daily activities.
Based on the information gathered in your medical history and physical exam, your doctor may provide a range of treatments. The most common treatments include:
Not all back pain episodes require a doctor’s visit. You can often manage your pain on your own and return to normal activities in a short time. Try these suggestions:
Pain medicine should control the pain enough that you can be active. If you take medicine for any other medical condition (such as high blood pressure, diabetes, or arthritis), check with your doctor before taking any over-the-counter pain reliever. Also, be sure to follow the directions on the packaging.
There are certain things you can do to lower your chances of having problems with your back. Here are some suggestions:
Don't lift objects:
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