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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.
Current as of: July 1, 2021
Author: Healthwise Staff
Medical Review: William H. Blahd Jr. MD, FACEP - Emergency Medicine
Adam Husney MD - Family Medicine
Kathleen Romito MD - Family Medicine
Joan Rigg PT, OCS - Physical Therapy
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