You know it the moment it happens. You reach down to pick something up, twist the wrong way, or lift something heavy and all of a sudden you feel that sharp pain in your lower back. It can take your breath away. Or, you wake up in the morning and can’t get out of bed, because you overdid it on the weekend.
This all too common occurrence is referred to as “Throwing Your Back Out.” Uncomfortable and annoying to be sure, the good news is these muscle spasms, strains or disk issues are generally temporary. In most instances, the pain goes away in a day or so often with rest, by letting your back relax, ice, and anti-inflammatories.