Dealing with Back Pain
  Section Features
Self-Care for Back Pain, Seeking Help for Back Pain
  Fast Facts
Did You Know? Using cold and hot packs after a back injury can help relieve pain and inflammation. The National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke recommends that you start out with a cold pack, or a bag of ice or frozen vegetables wrapped in a towel, for 20 minutes at a time several times a day. After two to three days of cold, switch to a heat lamp or heating pad for brief periods to relax muscles.


The third-party content provided in the Health Library of is for informational purposes only and is not designed to diagnose or treat a health problem or disease, or replace the professional medical advice you receive from your physician. If you or your child has or suspect you may have a health problem, please consult your primary care physician. If you or your child may have a medical emergency, call your doctor or 911 or other emergency health care provider immediately in the United States or the appropriate health agency of your country. For more information regarding site usage, please visit: Privacy Information, Terms of Use or Disclaimer.