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.
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 doctors 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.
Ease back into your daily activities
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. Staying in bed for more than 1 or 2 days 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.
Try to avoid bending, lifting, or reaching. These movements put extra stress on your back.
In bed, try lying on your side with a pillow between your knees. Or lie on your back on the floor with a pillow under your knees.
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.
Do not bend over when you put on pants or stockings. Instead, stand with your back against a wall. Then slide your shoulders down the wall, and bring your knee up. Gently step into your pants or stockings, one leg at a time.