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Bed rest of more than a couple of days can actually make
your low back pain worse and lead to other problems such as stiff joints and
muscle weakness. If you do use bed rest for a short
time, remember the following guidelines.
Avoid activities that make your pain worse. Modify activities
that you cannot avoid doing. Here are some tips:
Return to your normal activity gradually but as soon as
possible. Start with walking 10 to 20 minutes every 2 to 3 hours.
ByHealthwise StaffPrimary Medical ReviewerWilliam H. Blahd, Jr., MD, FACEP - Emergency MedicineAdam Husney, MD - Family MedicineSpecialist Medical ReviewerJoan Rigg, PT, OCS - Physical Therapy
Current as ofJune 30, 2016
Current as of:
June 30, 2016
William H. Blahd, Jr., MD, FACEP - Emergency Medicine & Adam Husney, MD - Family Medicine & Joan Rigg, PT, OCS - Physical Therapy
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