You could go back to work gradually. Find physiotherapy services in your area. If a 2-week course of over-the-counter painkillers does not work, ask for help from your GP or pharmacist. Exercise and continuing to work are key to recovery. You could also try anti-inflammatory tablets like ibuprofen as long as you don't have a condition such as a stomach ulcer that prevents you using them. Ears Hearing aids 5 ways to prevent hearing loss. Your GP can also refer you for exercise referral classes, and some centres have specific classes for lower back pain. We now know this is the worst possible approach.