Back Pain Health Center

Back pain, especially chronic or long-lasting back pain, can be debilitating and disabling for many Americans. And if the cause of back pain is unknown, it can be very difficult to treat.

If your back pain lasts longer than six weeks, you should schedule an appointment to see your doctor for a full physical examination. Don't assume this pain is soreness. Many of the causes of back pain are impossible to detect or diagnose alone, and you will need a medical diagnosis in order to receive proper treatment. If you have been injured or had an accident that resulted in back pain, you should not hesitate to visit your doctor.

Remember that with acute back pain, you may be able to go about your daily activities knowing the pain will cease and eventually go away. Ask your doctor about returning to your exercise regimen and about ways to speed your recovery. He or she may suggest strengthening exercises like stretching or bending forwards and backwards.

Review Date: 
August 6, 2012
Last Updated:
December 13, 2013