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When can you return to doing physical activities if you have low back strain?

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Whatever you do, don't rush things. Don't try to return to your previous level of physical activity until:

If you start pushing yourself before your low back strain is healed, you could end up with chronic back pain and permanent injury.

  • You can move as easily -- without stiffness -- as you did before your injury.
  • You feel no pain when you bend, twist, walk, run, and jump.

From: Low Back Strain WebMD Medical Reference

SOURCES:

FamilyDoctor.org: "Low Back Pain: Tips on Pain Relief and Prevention." 

American Academy of Orthopedic Surgeons, "Low Back Pain." 

Rouzier, P., second edition, SportsMed Press, 2004. The Sports Medicine Patient Advisor,

Reviewed by Tyler Wheeler on May 16, 2019

SOURCES:

FamilyDoctor.org: "Low Back Pain: Tips on Pain Relief and Prevention." 

American Academy of Orthopedic Surgeons, "Low Back Pain." 

Rouzier, P., second edition, SportsMed Press, 2004. The Sports Medicine Patient Advisor,

Reviewed by Tyler Wheeler on May 16, 2019

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