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Limit Bed Rest For Back Pain

Four out of five Americans will experience back pain. Although bed rest was once considered a critical part of back pain recovery, you may be surprised to learn that there’s something else you can do to recover faster.

Whether back pain comes on gradually or arrives in a sudden spasm, it is always unwelcome. For years, physicians recommended bed rest to treat back pain. However, as our knowledge of the spine has evolved, so has our understanding of the most effective way to recover from back pain.

When a sore back makes it painful to sit or stand, the idea of settling carefully into bed until the pain goes away is very tempting. Small doses of bed rest can provide a break from severe pain, but we now know that too much bed rest can make back pain worse. We have guidelines you can follow that will help you use bed rest appropriately, and recover from back pain more quickly.

Following these rehabilitation guidelines can help you recover from back pain faster and with a lower risk of recurring pain. If your back pain does not improve, or if you experience other symptoms that concern you, our spine team is here to answer your questions, evaluate your condition, and develop a safe and appropriate rehabilitation program tailored to your needs.

Summit Orthopedics offers comprehensive spine expertise

Our back specialists diagnose spine problems and design custom treatment plans built on a conservative, nonsurgical approach. Most patients find relief through treatments including guided injections, specialized physical therapy, biofeedback, exercise, activity modification, and medication. When conservative care does not relieve symptoms, our highly skilled surgeons offer proven, evidence-based surgical options. Together with you, we will determine the right course of action.

Start your journey to a healthy spine. Find your spine expert, request an appointment online, or call us at (651) 968–5201 to schedule a spine consultation.

Summit has convenient locations across the Minneapolis-St. Paul metro area, serving Minnesota and western Wisconsin. We have state-of-the-art centers for comprehensive orthopedic care in Eagan, MNPlymouth, MN, Vadnais Heights, MN, and Woodbury, MN, as well as additional community clinics throughout the metro and southern Minnesota.

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