Spontaneous recovery is the rule: 90% resolve over 6 weeks with proper conservative care.
Resting is helpful, but too much rest may actually be counterproductive.
Conventional treatment for back pain includes administration of pain-killers, muscle relaxants, cortisone injections, and anti-depressants. They give relief which is short term, coming along with many side-effects.
They are contra-indicated in children, pregnant women, elderly and immune-compromised individuals.
Lumbar belt is advised to those with low backache in treatment for backache. It can help to ensure proper posture which reduces muscle strain and thus the odds of aggravating the back pain.
Physiotherapy: It is one of the most widely used forms of treatment adopted for gaining relief from low back pain in treatment for backache.
Patients are referred for physiotherapy for four weeks as initial conservative treatment before any other treatments including surgery. It decreases back pain, increases function of back.
Surgery for back pain is very rare, required only in 5 % of cases. It may be an option if there is persistent pain and nerve compression which can lead to muscle weakness.
TENS (transcutaneous electrical nerve stimulation) - is a popular therapy for patients with chronic (long-term) back pain in treatment for backache. The results vary in individuals, for some it has proven helpful, while others have got no benefit from it. It is not advisable in pregnant women, epileptic cases, person with heart disease as treatment for backache.