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When will my low back strain feel better?

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Recovery time depends on how serious your low back strain is. Mild cases may resolve in a couple of days. It can take many weeks for more serious strains. Remember that everyone heals at a different rate. Once the back pain is gone, your doctor will probably want you to start a regular exercise routine. This will get your back muscles stronger and more limber. It will help you recover, and reduce your odds of low back strain in the future. Your doctor will probably want you to take up low impact sports, like swimming or using a stationary bike.

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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