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Is long-term bed rest used to treat back pain?

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Long-term bed rest is no longer considered necessary for most cases of back pain, and it is actually potentially harmful, making recovery slower and potentially causing new problems. In most cases, you will be expected to start normal, nonstrenuous activity (such as walking) within 24 to 72 hours. After that ask your doctor about controlled exercise or physical therapy. Physical therapy treatments may employ massage, ultrasound, whirlpool baths, controlled application of heat, and individually tailored exercise programs to help you regain full use of the back. Strengthening both the abdominal and back muscles helps stabilize the spine. You can help prevent further back injury by learning - and doing - gentle stretching exercises and proper lifting techniques, and maintaining good posture.

From: Back Pain Treatment WebMD Medical Reference

SOURCES:  Oh, W. and Shim J. . January/February 2004.  Friedman, F. Lyons Press, 2004.

The Clinical Journal of PainOutwitting Back Pain: Why Your Lower Back Hurts and How to Make It Stop,

Reviewed by Carol DerSarkissian on February 5, 2018

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SOURCES:  Oh, W. and Shim J. . January/February 2004.  Friedman, F. Lyons Press, 2004.

The Clinical Journal of PainOutwitting Back Pain: Why Your Lower Back Hurts and How to Make It Stop,

Reviewed by Carol DerSarkissian on February 5, 2018

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