When your back muscle starts to spasm or becomes strained, the initial treatment goal is to relax the muscle. Some standard self-care or non-invasive treatments include:

Modifying Activities

  • Avoiding strenuous activity or heavy lifting
  • Taking a short rest period
  • Continuing to take walks
  • Receiving a massage

Utilizing Cold or Heat Therapy

  • Reducing inflammation by applying ice wrapped in a protective sheath or towel, or a cold pack
  • Increasing circulation by applying a heat pack or heating pad

Taking Oral Medications

  • Anti-inflammatory medicines (NSAIDs) such as ibuprofen, aspirin, and naproxen
  • Over-the-counter pain medicines, such as acetaminophen
  • Prescribed muscle relaxants, such as cyclobenzaprine