Comprehensive Low Back Pain
Low back pain can affect your back anywhere below the ribs and above the legs. Your lower back is your connection between the upper and lower body, and it bears most of your body’s weight. Because of these roles, it is easily injured when you lift, reach, or twist.
Doctors say back pain is:
- Acute if a spell (or episode) of pain lasts less than 3 months. Most back pain is acute and goes away with 4 to 6 weeks of home treatment.
- Recurrent if acute symptoms come back. Most people have at least one episode of recurrent low back pain.
- Chronic if your back bothers you most of the time for longer than 3 months.
Almost everyone experiences low back pain at one time or another. The good news is that most low back pain will go away in a few weeks with some basic self-care, but if your pain is severe or lasts more than a couple of weeks, see your doctor. Learn more about low back pain…
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