If you’re like most people, all you want to do is sit or lie down after the onset of lower back pain. In some cases, it may be a good idea to rest for a day or two—but read on to learn more about the dangers of prolonged rest for people with lower back pain.
There are numerous structures in your spine that may be the cause of your lower back pain. Contact our office to identify the cause of your issue.Cheyne Thompson
Weight gain and lower back pain
However, prolonged rest past 48 hours can cause your lower back muscles to atrophy (at a rate of 1 to 1.5 percent per day). So if you rest for too long, your weakening muscles may not be able to adequately support your spine—which can cause lower back pain and lead to other kinds of lower back injuries.
Lower back muscles and prolonged rest
In part, your excessive weight can lead to added lowerbackrelated problems by pulling your pelvis forward, which places stress on your lower back. In addition, people who are overweight are more likely to suffer a herniated disc injury, which can cause lower back pain and sciatica symptoms.
Another danger posed by weight gain is an increased risk for complications and infections following surgery. So if you are awaiting surgery for a lower back problem, it is best to remain active.
Additional dangers of prolonged rest
In addition to dangers directly related to your lower back, prolonged rest may lead to any of the following complications:
Of course, the above list is not exhaustive—but it provides more than enough reasons to avoid prolonged rest after the onset of your lower back pain.
It’s important to keep moving after the onset of your lower back pain. So if your pain is severe, talk with us about creative solutions to help you stay active—such as water therapy.
Author: Cheyne Thompson
Cheyne graduated from Sydney College of Chiropractic and Osteopathy in 1984. She also has postgraduate qualifications in paediatric chiropractic care. Before joining Clayfield Chiropractic Clinic in 1993, Cheyne enjoyed seven years in a Sydney based practice. Cheyne has three children and 2 grandchildren.