Tip #2: Bed rest and inactivity will not help your back pain. You need to be moving!
Although you cannot ignore your back pain and associated symptoms, you need to stay active and keep moving, trying to continue with your regular activities and if possible, exercise. Just be sure to not experience sharp shooting pain and you're not noticing an increase in your overall pain.
If you also experience sharp shooting pain down your leg(s), notice numbness in your groin or notice a change in your bowel and bladder function or experience genital pain, you need to see a physician as soon as possible as it this could be an emergency.
If your daily routine includes walking, light exercises and stretching, keep on doing these as long as they do not increase your back pain. If you are not already doing this, start with a short walk. For most cases of back pain, there is nothing better to do than a walk. Daily back stretches are a great way to start taking care of your back as well.
Consult with a physio to find out the reason for your back symptoms.
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Pierre-Yves Butheau, MPT, CMP has been a physiotherapist for 19 years and has a passion for helping people move better, return from and prevent injuries, as well as improve their function and quality of life. He has a strong interest in addressing the root cause of and treating neuro-musculoskeletal conditions while educating his patients with the knowledge to manage their conditions and prevent recurrence. Pierre also has a niche in treating Bell's palsy and temporomandibular joint dysfunctions.