Rest on a firm surface for several hours to treat and alleviate symptoms of a strained back. Anti-inflammatory medications, such as ibuprofen, can help. Stretching and strengthening of the back muscles is important to avoid another back injury.
Review Date 8/13/2020
Updated by: Linda J. Vorvick, MD, Clinical Associate Professor, Department of Family Medicine, UW Medicine, School of Medicine, University of Washington, Seattle, WA. Also reviewed by David Zieve, MD, MHA, Medical Director, Brenda Conaway, Editorial Director, and the A.D.A.M. Editorial team.