Many people suffer from lower back pain at some point in their life. Many different things can cause lower back pain such as a muscle or ligament injury or slipped and herniated disks. The good news for back pain sufferers is that most of the time treatment will not require a specialist. Simple stretching can do wonders for lower back pain, especially pain caused by over use. Applying heat and/or cold packs is also a good option before running for expensive specialty treatments.