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Back to Work?

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Topic Overview

Getting back to work with low back pain depends on what your day is usually like. But there are some basics that apply to everyone.

Moving keeps your back muscles strong, which can help your back. And avoiding activity for more than a day or two can make back pain worse.

At the office

If you have a desk job:

Take breaks and mix it up

Driving, standing, lifting

If you stand or are active in your job (for example, if you are a salesperson, delivery person, or landscaper), try the following:

Work smart

Be aware of your surroundings. Use common sense. Don't lift more than you need to, and don't carry loads farther than you have to. Take short breaks when your back starts to hurt. Watch for hazards to avoid falling down. These small things can make a big difference.


Credits for Back to Work?

Current as of: November 16, 2020

Author: Healthwise Staff
Medical Review: William H. Blahd Jr. MD, FACEP - Emergency Medicine
Adam Husney MD - Family Medicine
Kathleen Romito MD - Family Medicine
Joan Rigg PT, OCS - Physical Therapy


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