For the first 4 weeks of back pain, if you don't have sciatica (pain that goes from your lower back down to your legs), you should try the following to manage back pain:

  • continue or resume activity and work according to tolerance
  • avoid prolonged or total bedrest
  • apply heat
  • take over-the-counter pain medication

If back pain is chronic, non-medication therapy such as active exercise, physical conditioning programs, yoga, cognitive behavioural therapy, multidisciplinary rehabilitation, or prescribed walking programs can be tried in combination. The outcome may be more effective if the therapies are combined in the context of work re-entry. Consult a health care professional to make sure the exercise is right for you.

written and reviewed by the MediResource Clinical Team