Pain in the lower back is very common. Sometimes the pain can last a long time or keep coming back, but there are things you can do to help relieve it.
Take anti-inflammatory painkillers, such as ibuprofen. If you are not sure that the medicine is safe for you to take, ask a pharmacist.
Talk to your GP or pharmacist about other medications which may help and ask your pharmacist or GP to consider a medication review to maximise effectiveness and avoid unnecessary side effects.
Back pain guide
Nearly all of us will experience back pain at some point in our lives. Explore this guide for more on different types of back pain and how to prevent it, plus get advice on treatment.
Exercises for lower back pain
Exercise is one of the best ways to manage most back pain and to prevent further attacks. Our patient information leaflet has exercises to try at home.
Treatments not recommended
The National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (NICE) advises that some spinal injections and acupuncture do not justify the risks and costs involved and should not be offered to manage low back pain. Your GP will therefore not routinely be sending patients for:
When to get immediate medical advice