Should I stay in bed with back pain?

Bed rest is only recommended in the very worst cases. The general advice for back pain is to remain relatively active within your pain threshold. Inactivity leads to chronicity so getting active and moving will promote a more optimal recovery. Remaining active does not have to be a structured exercise program, it could mean returning to work on light duties, taking the stairs at work, walking to the shops instead of driving, doing some gardening etc.

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