Q. When will the pain in my spine go away?
A. Identifying and getting treatment for the condition that is causing your pain is an important first step toward controlling spine pain. The treatment and reassurance from your doctor can help get you on the road to recovery. Sometimes these are all that are needed to help your pain go away completely. In fact, many people who experience mild back pain for the first time become pain-free within six to eight weeks without treatment. Yet spine pain is not predictable most of the time. Your doctor will have a better idea of your recovery time when your medical exam is completed. The goal of treatment will be to help you control your pain and get back your best possible function, even if your pain does not go away completely.