- Q Why can simply lying in bed be a bad idea when I have back pain?
Dr. Michael Roizen, Internal MedicineActually, just lying in your bed or on the floor with back pain (unless you're performing certain stretches) will only accomplish one thing: It will make the pain worse. The way to bounce back is to make sure that you're up and around, moving your... Full Answer
- Q How do I relieve severe back pain?
Rick Olderman, Physical TherapyTo relieve your worst back pain, lie on your back with your knees bent and lower legs propped up on a chair or stool. Place ice under your lower back and/or take an anti-inflammatory medication if it is safe for you to do so. Remain in this... Full Answer
- Q How can stretching help if I have back pain?
Dr. Harris McIlwain, Pain MedicineAlmost all patients with back pain can get great benefit from daily stretching of the soft tissues - the muscles, ligaments and tendons - around the spine. Your back, including the spinal column and its adjoining muscles, ligaments and tendons, are... Full Answer
- Q How often should I do stretching exercises for back pain?
Rick Olderman, Physical TherapyStretching exercises for back pain are generally held for 30 to 60 seconds. Performing two to five repetitions is usually all that is needed to experience a positive effect. During the first week or two, I typically ask my clients to commit to... Full Answer
- Q Are there alternative treatments for spinal stenosis?
Dr. Charles Simpson, ChiropracticThere are a number of non-surgical treatments for lumbar spinal stenosis. Most experts recommend trying other treatments first before surgery. Physical therapy, exercises, chiropractic adjustments, acupuncture, massage and others may be... Full Answer