Low Back Pain - Living With Low Back Pain
Almost everyone has low back pain at some
time. The good news is that most low back pain will go away in a few days or
weeks with some basic self-care. This includes first aid, self-massage and
using heat or ice.
self-care can also help prevent back problems from coming back.
Ease back into your daily activities
Some people are afraid that
doing too much may make their pain worse. In the past, people stayed in bed,
thinking this would help their backs. Now experts think that, in most cases,
getting back to your normal activities is good for your back, as long as you
avoid things that make your pain worse.
- For the first day or two
of pain, take it easy. But
as soon as possible, get back to your normal daily life and activities.
- Movement helps your muscles stay strong. Lying down for too long can make
your problem worse.
- If you are an athlete, return to your activity
carefully. Choose a low-impact option until your pain is under control.
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Avoid or change activities that cause pain
- Try to avoid
bending, lifting, or reaching. These movements put extra stress on your back.
- When you sit, place a small pillow, a rolled-up towel, or a lumbar
roll in the curve of your back for extra support.
- When you brush your
teeth, put one foot on a stool.
- Don't wear shoes with high heels. Wear
- Try different sleeping positions .
- If you sleep
on your side, try putting a pillow between your knees.
- If you sleep on
your back, use a pillow under your knees.
- You can also try rolling up
a small towel and using it to support your lower
- Protect Your Back as You Lie
- Protecting Your Back While
- Moving From Sitting to
- Posture: Standing and