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If a stretch hurts my back, should I work through it or stop?

No, if a stretch hurts your back you should stop it immediately. Any movement or activity, including stretching that causes pain should be avoided or stopped immediately and a physician or other qualified professional should be consulted. A stretch should never cause more than mild discomfort and never should hurt or cause pain of any kind. Any motion, movement, or activity that causes a muscle or joint to hurt should be avoided, there is no such thing as “pushing through the pain” or “no pain, no gain." 
Harris H. McIlwain, MD
Rheumatology
Listen to your back! Pain is a warning sign. If the stretch or any exercise hurts, stop immediately.
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