Low back pain in over 95% of cases is managed conservatively with lumbar spine treatment, without the need for surgery.
Acute lumbar strain may resolve quickly with an adequate amount of rest combined with proper activity. Gentle stretching, occasional anti-inflammatory usage or muscle relaxers can assist the patient during the acute phase of lumbar strain. Excessive bed rest or inactivity may actually delay recovery. For the most part, lumbar strain is only temporary and most patients recover within a 2-12 week time frame, depending on cause and severity of a potential back injury.
For those with serious cases of acute back pain, it is vital to get an accurate diagnosis in order to receive the proper spine treatment. This is important to rule out any serious underlying and progressive disease or problem that can worsen and create permanent damage.
Of most concern with back pain is the incident of recurrence in those that have experienced one episode. Maintaining an adequate level of fitness, flexibility, strength and applying appropriate body maneuvers with lifting techniques can go a long way in avoiding this problem.