Most back pain gets better within a few weeks without treatment. If you're very uncomfortable, you can rest in bed for a day or two, but longer than that does more harm than good. Over-the-counter pain medications often help reduce back pain, as does the application of cold or heat to the painful area.
Call your doctor if your back pain hasn't improved after a week of home treatment or if your back pain:
Call 911 or emergency medical help or have someone drive you to the emergency room if your back pain: