Immediate Relief

Try to treat lower back pain as soon as possible after the trauma. Applying a cooling pack to the area for 20 minutes, several times a day may help. After two or three days of cold treatment, apply a heat pack or pad to the area for a few minutes a day, to relax the muscles. (2:9)

Bed rest is not necessary. Light activities may help improve flexibility in the back sooner. (2:10) (5:11:12)

Non-steroidal anti-inflammatories (NSAIDs) can help to alleviate some of the pain. (2:8)

Ask your doctor or pharmacist about non-steroidal anti-inflammatory patches that can be placed on the painful area.