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A 25-year-old male asked:

my doctor had advised lying on bed for 2 weeks or wearing lumbar belt for a.month as advice for back ache. both r torturous to me. plz sugest alternat?

3 doctor answers4 doctors weighed in
Dr. Raymond Schneider
Family Medicine 46 years experience
Sorry: Your doctorhas a good conservative approach. Most back pain will improve with rest. If you have a negative neurologic exam and negative imaging i agree with your doctor.
Dr. Chukwuka Okafor
Orthopedic Spine Surgery 16 years experience
See a Spine : Specialist for additional advice. 1st you need a complete examination, evaluation, ; if this has been on going for a while, x-rays, ; possibly MRI may be also indicated. But the exact treatment needed depends on the exact diagnosis. You will be told your diagnosis, ; the recommended treatments. It may or may not be coming from your spine. Depending on diagnosis, treatments like nsaids, pt, may help.
Dr. Bennett Machanic
Neurology 52 years experience
I disagree : Your doctor's advice will lead to a disuse weakness of your lower back, which will eventuate in more symptoms. Numerous studies have demonstrated the value of exercise in chronic low back pain, and have shown that immobilization is rather ineffective. Get a second opinion, .

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Last updated Jun 10, 2014

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