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Health Tip: Treating Short-Term Back Pain

(HealthDay News) -- Back pain is one of the most common medical issues in the United States, says the National Institutes of Health.

Short-term back pain lasts no longer than six weeks, and can be uncomfortable if untreated.

To treat short-term back pain, the NIH suggests:

  • Use hot or cold packs to soothe a sore, stiff back.

  • Try extension or aerobic exercises. But check with a doctor first.

  • Incorporate stretching into your daily routine.

  • Include calcium and vitamin D in your diet, to help keep your spine strong.

  • Take acetaminophen, aspirin or ibuprofen to ease pain.

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