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    Remedies for Lower Back Pain

    About 80 percent of adults experience low back pain at some point in their life. It is the most common cause of job-related disability and a leading contributor to missed days at work.

    Most low back pain is acute, or short term, and lasts a few days to a few weeks. It tends to resolve on its own with treatment at home and there is no remaining loss of function.

    Bed rest should be limited for those experiencing back pain. Individuals should begin stretching exercises and resume normal daily activities as soon as possible, while avoiding movements that make the pain worse. Evidence suggests that bed rest alone may make back pain worse and can lead to secondary complications such as depression, decreased muscle tone, and blood clots in the legs.

    Below is a list of some common exercises given to those experiencing low back pain:

    1) Supine hamstring stretch

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    2) Supine piriformis stretch

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    3) Posterior pelvic tilt

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    4) Lower trunk rotations

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    5) Bridging

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    Sources:
    Medbridge
    https://www.ninds.nih.gov/Disorders/Patient-Caregiver-Education/Fact-Sheets/Low-Back-Pain-Fact-Sheet