Does bed rest help for back pain?


Bed rest for more than a few days is not recommended, as this can reduce your muscle strength. When the pain lessens, activity levels must be increased gradually and carefully.

Back braces and can relieve strain and support your back temporarily. But prolonged use may result in weakened muscles, so the use of this must be limited to less than a week.

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