New research suggests staying active, within reason, is the best medicine.
New University of Alberta research is putting some kinks in assumptions about treating low back pain.
While it may seem logical to take a pain reliever and rest up in bed, it’s not the best way to treat occasional low back pain, said Doug Gross, a professor in the Faculty of Rehabilitation Medicine and co-author on a global study.
Instead, the findings suggest doing just the opposite: stay as active as possible and if needed, get advice from a health professional to help you get moving.
“The spine needs movement,” said Gross, who teamed up with 30 colleagues worldwide to look at research and guidelines related to clinical practices for preventing and treating low back pain. The study is one of a series of three papers just published in The Lancet, exploring the phenomenon of low back pain.
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