Treatment of your back and/or leg pain depends on the history and severity of the pain, as well as on test results that identify the source of the pain. In most cases, back pain resolves on its own in a couple of weeks.
Your doctor may prescribe conservative treatment options such as rest, heat, medication, physical therapy, and/or cortisone injections. Since back pain can differ from one person to the next, it is important that you speak with your doctor about the best treatment options for you.
Your doctor may suggest surgery if your symptoms are worsening and a spinal condition has been diagnosed—such as degenerative disc disease, lumbar spinal stenosis, or spondylolisthesis.