Treatment of low back pain involves a multi-pronged approach.
When it comes to back pain, only about 5 percent of cases are serious. Talk to your health care provider about self-care, alternatives such as physical therapy and whether or not an MRI is needed.
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Only about 5% of all back pain is the result of something serious, like infection, cancer or a significant neurologic problem.
If the pain is mild to moderate and does not significantly interfere with daily activities, many people can self-manage their back pain.
Unless back pain is severe, stay active within tolerable limits. Bed rest is not recommended and may prolong recovery.
If the back pain is mild to moderate and has not reasonably improved after 2-3 weeks of self-management, see a doctor.
Imaging studies such as X-ray, CT scan or MRI are not helpful in the diagnosis and treatment recommendations for the majority of back pain episodes.