While some back pain, such as simple strains or overuse, does not require any medical attention at all, all back pain requires some type of treatment. This is true whether the treatment occurs at your home, in the doctor's office, physical therapy, a Chiropractors office, or in an operating room.
Home treatments for back pain are fairly simple and straight forward. Apply heat if there is only pain, in twenty-minute intervals. If there is also swelling, interchange heat and ice every twenty minutes.
Lie on your back, on a hard surface, with your knees and hips slightly elevated to take all strain off of the back muscles. After two or three days, make sure that you walk for a few minutes every couple of hours. You can also take over-the-counter pain relievers and anti-inflammatory medications as well.
It is when these home remedies do not work that you must seek other forms of treatment. The treatment options that are available to you will depend on what is causing the pain in your back. It also depends on what type of doctor you visit. For example, medical doctors tend to treat back pain with medication and may suggest physical therapy.
On the other hand, a Chiropractor will treat back pain with adjustments, and with physical therapy, if that is needed, but will seldom prescribe medication, although pain relievers may be prescribed if they are warranted. In either case, x-rays will be taken to determine what the cause of the pain is so that the appropriate treatment can be administered without causing additional damage.