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Is bed rest the best thing for back pain?

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Dr. Jonathan Hyde
Orthopedic Surgery - Spine
2 doctors agree

In brief: Not really

For acute back pain, bed rest can help.
I do not recommend more than 24-36 hour of bedrest, since prolonged bedrest has its own complications (blood clot, pnuemonia, sores, bone mass loss, etc.). After a short course of bedrest, progressive increases in daily ambulation is recommended. A doctor visit may also be helpful.

In brief: Not really

For acute back pain, bed rest can help.
I do not recommend more than 24-36 hour of bedrest, since prolonged bedrest has its own complications (blood clot, pnuemonia, sores, bone mass loss, etc.). After a short course of bedrest, progressive increases in daily ambulation is recommended. A doctor visit may also be helpful.
Dr. Jonathan Hyde
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Dr. Mitchell Cohn
I agree with Dr. Hyde. However, if the pain goes on for more than 24 hours, rather than just relying on progressive increases in daily ambulation, I would recommend a visit to your local osteopathic physician. If all serious problems have been ruled out such as kidney stones, tumors, appendicitis, etc., likely it's either a disc or nerve injury, or commonly, Sacroiliac joint injjury, rib or vertebral dysfunction &/or quadratus lumborum or psoas muscle spasm could be the culprit. A good history & physical exam, including an osteopathic hands-on exam can often find such problems which can be easily correct by manipulation, avoiding a lengthy - and painful - recovery.
1 doctor agrees

In brief: Bad idea

Repetitive studies have shown that immobilization for low back pain prolongs and exacerbates the problem and winds up with more disability.
In fact, both exercise and chiropractic care was shown far superior in one long-term study.

In brief: Bad idea

Repetitive studies have shown that immobilization for low back pain prolongs and exacerbates the problem and winds up with more disability.
In fact, both exercise and chiropractic care was shown far superior in one long-term study.
Dr. Bennett Machanic
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Dr. Christian Foglar
Orthopedic Surgery
1 doctor agrees

In brief: No

A study showed that bed rest is the worst thing for back pain.
2 groups, one was on bed rest the other staid moderately active. The bed rest group got worse.

In brief: No

A study showed that bed rest is the worst thing for back pain.
2 groups, one was on bed rest the other staid moderately active. The bed rest group got worse.
Dr. Christian Foglar
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