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Getting back to work with low back pain depends on what your day is usually like. But there are some basics that apply to everyone.
Moving keeps your back muscles strong, which can help your back. And avoiding activity for more than a day or two can make back pain worse.
At the office
If you have a desk job:
Take breaks and mix it up
Driving, standing, lifting
If you stand or are active in your job (for example, if you are a salesperson, delivery person, or landscaper), try the following:
Be aware of your surroundings. Use common sense. Don't lift more than you need to, and don't carry loads farther than you have to. Take short breaks when your back starts to hurt. Watch for hazards to avoid falling down. These small things can make a big difference.
Current as of: June 26, 2019
Author: Healthwise StaffMedical Review: William H. Blahd Jr. MD, FACEP - Emergency MedicineAdam Husney MD - Family MedicineKathleen Romito MD - Family MedicineJoan Rigg PT, OCS - Physical Therapy
Current as of:
June 26, 2019
Medical Review:William H. Blahd Jr. MD, FACEP - Emergency Medicine & Adam Husney MD - Family Medicine & Kathleen Romito MD - Family Medicine & Joan Rigg PT, OCS - Physical Therapy
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