Basic lower back exercises and stretches can be found on WebMD.com, MayoClinic.org and AAOS.org. Exercises for lower back pain should be performed gently and should not worsen pain symptoms.
In addition to gentle exercise, alternating ice and heat can be used to control inflammation, advises Spine-Health.com. Use of medication to control pain should be approved by a physician. Lower back pain can have many different causes, ranging from muscle and joint inflammation to disc and nerve injury. If lower back pain does not improve with basic exercises, or if it worsens, an appointment should be made with a physician for a thorough back assessment.