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Most back pain is in the low back, below the ribs. In most cases, there isn't a clear cause of the pain, and this can be frustrating. But sometimes pain can be related to things in the back, such as the bones and joints, the discs between the bones, or the ligaments and muscles.
Although it may hurt a lot, back pain often gets better on its own in several weeks. Using good home treatment may help you feel better sooner.
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: March 9, 2022
Author: Healthwise Staff
Medical Review:William H. Blahd Jr. MD, FACEP - Emergency Medicine & Adam Husney MD - Family Medicine & Kathleen Romito MD - Family Medicine
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