Step 4: Read and complete the decision guide to learn more about your symptoms.
Low Back Pain
Based upon your answers, some of the most likely causes of your back pain include
muscle strain or spasm
degenerative joint disease (or osteoarthritis)
ankylosing spondylitis (or a related condition).
To decrease pain, rest the back and avoid overuse. Over-the-counter pain medications, a heating pad, and topical treatments (such as Icy Hot, Ben Gay or ice) may help.
While these measures may help, it is important that you see a physician if symptoms are getting worse or not improving over time.