Thursday, May 04, 2023
From the Desk of: Robin Wakeham, Physical Therapist
Why is bed rest bad for back pain?
While some rest is usually recommended for acute lower back pain, prolonged bed rest can actually make the pain worse and slow down the healing process. Here are some reasons why bed rest can be bad for back pain:
1. Weakens muscles: Prolonged bed rest can cause the muscles to weaken, making it harder to support the spine and leading to more pain and discomfort.
2. Reduces flexibility: Staying in bed for extended periods can reduce flexibility and mobility, making it harder to perform everyday tasks.
3. Can cause blood clots: Staying in bed for long periods can increase the risk of blood clots, especially in the legs.
4. Increases risk of depression: Being stuck in bed for long periods can increase the risk of depression and other mental health problems.
In general, it's best to stay active and continue to move around as much as possible while managing back pain. Gentle stretching, walking, and other low-impact activities can help keep the muscles strong and flexible while promoting healing. If you are experiencing severe or chronic back pain, it is important to consult with a healthcare professional for appropriate treatment and management.
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