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Back strain happens when you overstretch, or pull, a muscle in your back. You may hurt your back in a fall or when you exercise or lift something.
Most back pain will get better with rest and time. You can take care of yourself at home to help your back heal.
When you first feel back pain, try these steps:
Go to https://www.healthwise.net/patientEd
Enter Q517 in the search box to learn more about "Learning About Relief for Back Pain".
Current as of: September 20, 2018
Author: Healthwise Staff
Medical Review:Adam Husney, MD - Family Medicine & Kathleen Romito, MD - Family Medicine
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