When back pain starts, you should decrease your normal activity the first several days. Decreasing your normal activity can decrease the inflammation and diminish your back pain

Home care treatments that help decrease low back pain include:

  • Applying ice or heat to the sore area.
  • Using over the counter pain relievers such as acetaminophen (Tylenol), ibuprofen (Motrin, Advil), naproxen (Naprosyn).
  • Place a pillow between your knees when you lie on your side.
  • Placing a pillow under your knees when sleeping or laying on your back.
  • Avoiding bending, twisting or heavy lifting for about 4 weeks after your back pain begins.
  • Resuming activities slowly. Initially the best exercise is to walk, bike or swim. Avoid weight lifting, straight leg sit ups and activities like golfing or football.

Low back pain usually improves within the first week, and usually after 4-to-6 weeks, back pain is completely gone.

If home care treatment does not resolve your back pain, find an expert spine doctor at Denver's Swedish Medical Center.