OverviewRest 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 9/22/2016
Updated by: C. Benjamin Ma, MD, Professor, Chief, Sports Medicine and Shoulder Service, UCSF Department of Orthopaedic Surgery, San Francisco, CA. Also reviewed by David Zieve, MD, MHA, Isla Ogilvie, PhD, and the A.D.A.M. Editorial team.