Whether your low back pain is mild or severe, home treatment will be an important part of your care.
Acute low back pain
- Back problems: Proper lifting
- Fitness: Increasing core stability
- Low back pain: Exercises to reduce pain
Ongoing (chronic) low back pain
To help relieve chronic low back pain, always try to:
- Exercise to help relieve back pain. See a physical therapist or other spine specialist for exercises specific to your condition. Studies show that doing exercises can help people with chronic low back pain return to their normal daily activities.15
- Reduce the stress in your life.
- Get the support you need. Work with your doctor to come up with a chronic pain treatment plan. Ask family members or friends when you need a helping hand.
- Achieve and maintain a Weight Management.
- Try not to bend or twist your back as you lie down.
- Avoid tobacco smoke. Smoking slows tissue healing.
Think through your daily activities and change those that may be causing back pain. Your list might include lifting a small child throughout the day, a long commute to work, sitting in front of a computer all day, wearing high-heeled shoes, or doing yard work or landscaping work.
Many people who have low back pain, or leg pain from a low back problem, notice that the pain interferes with sexual activity. Talk with your partner and perhaps your doctor about this. You may be able to find different positions for sex that are comfortable for you.
If you think your activities at work are causing back problems, information is available from your human resources department or the Occupational Health and Safety Administration (OSHA) within the U.S. Department of Labor. For contact information, see the Other Places to Get Help section of this topic. Many businesses require or recommend the use of back belts at work, although there is no evidence that they reduce back injury.16, 17