Bed rest of more than a couple of days can actually make
your low back pain worse and lead to other problems such as stiff joints and
muscle weakness. If you do use bed rest for a short
time, remember the following guidelines.
Sitting up in bed puts additional pressure on the
intervertebral discs. Lying on your side puts a little more pressure on the
discs than lying on your back.
Trying to eat a meal in bed can be
awkward and can put more strain on your back than if you get up and eat at
Avoid activities that make your pain worse. Modify activities
that you cannot avoid doing. Here are some tips:
Place one foot on a stool when standing for an
activity such as brushing your teeth.
When putting on pants or
stockings, stand with your back against a wall. Then slide your shoulders down
the wall as you bend your knees. Gently step into your pants or stockings, one
leg at a time.
Return to your normal activity gradually but as soon as
possible. Start with walking 10 to 20 minutes every 2 to 3 hours.
ByHealthwise Staff Primary Medical ReviewerWilliam H. Blahd, Jr., MD, FACEP - Emergency Medicine Adam Husney, MD - Family Medicine Kathleen Romito, MD - Family Medicine Specialist Medical ReviewerJoan Rigg, PT, OCS - Physical Therapy
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