Low Back Pain: Easing Back Into Your Daily Activities

Low Back Pain: Easing Back Into Your Daily Activities

Overview

For the first day or two of pain, take it easy. But as soon as you can, ease back into your normal activities. Lying down for too long can make back pain worse. Sitting can make it worse too.

Here are some tips that can help.

  • When you're resting, change positions every 30 minutes.
  • Try to avoid too much bending, heavy lifting, or reaching.
  • When you sit, place a small pillow or a rolled-up towel in the curve of your back for support.
  • If you stand still for a period of time, try putting one foot up on a stool or changing positions every few minutes.
  • Get gentle exercise, such as walking. If you can, walk for 10 to 20 minutes at a time every 2 to 3 hours.
  • Try heat or ice to ease back pain. Use what works best for you.
  • Use over-the-counter pain medicine as needed. Nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs) such as ibuprofen and naproxen seem to work best for low back pain. But if you can't take NSAIDs, you can try acetaminophen.

This information does not replace the advice of a doctor. Healthwise, Incorporated, disclaims any warranty or liability for your use of this information. Your use of this information means that you agree to the Terms of Use. Learn how we develop our content.

© 1995-2022 Healthwise, Incorporated. Healthwise, Healthwise for every health decision, and the Healthwise logo are trademarks of Healthwise, Incorporated.