Bed Rest

Back Pain & Bed Rest

The first step in the treatment of lower back pain is often bed rest. Resting allows the inflammation to subside and control the symptoms of muscle spasm etc that can occur in a fully weight-bearing position.

When to Stop Bed Rest?

Researchers have found that resting in bed for too long can actually be detrimental for your recovery. Ideally, you should start moving about within a day or two after your back injury.

While it is important to rest the injured muscles, it is just as important to not allow the muscle to become weak and stiff. On some occasions it may be helpful to wear a back brace to assist your ability to weight-bear for at least a few minutes each hour.

Once the acute inflammation has subsided, some simple exercises supervised and prescribed by your physiotherapist should commence to facilitate your quickest return to normal.

For more advice, please consult your spinal health practitioner, such as your physiotherapist.

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