Back pain is one of the most common ailments affecting 8 out of 10 people at some point in their lives. It usually lasts from a few days to a few weeks however if it lasts for more than 3weeks it is said to be chronic. In most cases, back pain subsides on its own. Rest and pain relievers can help but staying in bed for more than 1 or 2 days can make it worse.
If the back pain does not improve after 3 days, it is advisable to contact a health care provider. If it is caused by an injury, you should get medical attention.
Treatment for back pain depends on the cause and the intensity. Hot or cold packs, exercise, medicines, injections, complementary and alternative treatment, and sometimes surgery is are used to treat back pain.
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