HOW WELL DO YOU KNOW YOUR BODY-BEST TREATMENT FOR AN ACHING BACK IS BED REST

3.    The best treatment for an aching back is bed rest: FALSE

“Bed rest weakens the core muscles that support and strengthen your back, increasing your risk    for future pain and injury,” says Dr Rice. To relieve the pain, take over-the-counter me ication and try to relax the muscles with gentle stretching an deep-breathing exercises.

“Keep exercising, but do lo impact activities like walking and riding a recumbent bike, Dr Rice suggests.

Most pain will resolve in 7 to 10 days. If doesn’t, consult an orthopaedist or a physiatrist — a doc who specialises in rehabilitation medicine — who can dete mine if you have a structural problem that needs physical the apy.