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Bending or twisting your back can cause back pain. When you are getting into bed, avoid twists and bends. Follow these steps to get in and out of bed without bending or twisting your back.
To get out of bed, do the same steps in reverse:
When you are getting ready to lie down, don't rush it. Keep your back straight, and think about lowering your body without twisting your back.
Keep your back straight, and use your arms to help you lower your upper body to the bed. Your arms can support your upper body weight and keep you from twisting your back. The idea is to keep your back in one straight position as you lower your upper body and raise your legs.
Keep your back straight after you are lying down. You may want to put a pillow between your knees to keep your back in a neutral position. If you roll onto your back, you may want to put a pillow under your knees.
Current as of: June 26, 2019
Author: Healthwise StaffWilliam 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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