Your healthcare professional may recommend that you make some changes in your physical activities when you are experiencing back pain. In general, when pain is severe, you should avoid the following:
- heavy lifting
- twisting, bending forward, or reaching while lifting
- sitting for long periods
- walk short distances
- stretch and do flexibility exercises
- use a stationary bicycle
It is important to start slowly and to gradually build up the speed and length of time that you do the exercise. At first, your symptoms may get a little worse when you exercise or become more active. Usually, this worsening is nothing to worry about. However, if your pain becomes severe, contact your healthcare professional. Once you can return to normal activities comfortably, your healthcare professional may recommend additional aerobic and back exercises.