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The Do’s and Don’ts of Acute Low Back Pain
- Ice the area where it hurts, and ice it often. (Read and follow my instructions for the therapeutic application of ice.)
- Do not sit if you can avoid it. If you must sit on very firm seating, sit for short periods of time, no longer than thirty minutes, maximum.
- If you’re prescribed a lumbar brace, wear it when you are up and about, and even when sleeping if warranted.
- NO EXERCISE means no upper or lower body work with weights or aerobic workouts until you’re cleared for it.
- NO LIFTING. Period.
- Rest only on the bed or floor. Do not rest on the couch.
- Eat light. Stay away from gas producing foods to avoid constipation.
- Do not strain on the toilet. This can greatly aggravate your condition. Hold your breath and push. Always exhale when exerting force of any kind.
- Avoid sexual activity until the pain is gone.
- Avoid reaching with your arms outstretched away from your body.
- Move as one unit, do not turn or bend at an angle.