What to do when you have a back ache?

If you don't have some medical condition and have just strained your muscles doing something like lifting boxes, and IF you can take Ibuprofen, take 800 mil. of OTC Ibuprofen, get a gel pack ice bag and lay on it for 20 minutes. Stop using the ice for at least 20 minutes then reapply. Some people think heat helps. Since you may not know exactly what is causing your back to hurt, try heat if ice doesn't help. Then call a doctor if you don't get relief within a few hours.
If you don't have some medical condition and have just strained your muscles doing something like lifting boxes, and IF you can take Ibuprofen, take 800 mil. of OTC Ibuprofen, get a gel pack ice bag and lay on it for 20 minutes. Stop using the ice for at least 20 minutes then reapply. Some people think heat helps. Since you may not know exactly what is causing your back to hurt, try heat if ice doesn't help. Then call a doctor if you don't get relief within a few hours.