You can hurt your back doing many everyday activities: lifting a heavy box, bending down to garden, exercising at the gym, and even getting out of bed. But you can keep your back strong and healthy by doing some exercises. You also can follow a few tips for sitting, sleeping, and lifting to avoid hurting your back again.
Talk to your doctor before you start an exercise program. Ask for help if you want to learn more about keeping your back healthy.
Follow-up care is a key part of your treatment and safety. Be sure to make and go to all appointments, and call your doctor or nurse call line if you are having problems. It's also a good idea to know your test results and keep a list of the medicines you take.
Watch closely for changes in your health, and be sure to contact your doctor or nurse call line if:
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Current as of: March 21, 2017
Adam Husney, MD - Family Medicine
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