Do I ex­er­cise a bad back?

Woman's Own - - ASK THE DOCTOR -

QI sprained my back re­cently and have been strug­gling to get com­fort­able sit­ting at my desk when I’m at work. I saw my GP who rec­om­mended some back ex­er­cises, but I’m wor­ried I could make things worse. Aren’t you sup­posed to rest in­jured mus­cles?

AWe used to rec­om­mend rest for back problems but your doc­tor is right. NICE (the Na­tional In­sti­tute for Health and Care Ex­cel­lence) rec­om­mends reg­u­lar ex­er­cise, par­tic­u­larly stretch­ing and strength­en­ing, to im­prove your core sta­bil­ity and gen­er­ally stay­ing as ac­tive as pos­si­ble to keep your back healthy. You may also want to speak to your work about check­ing your desk and chair to im­prove pos­ture or the pos­si­bil­ity of a stand­ing desk.

Ask your work for a desk as­sess­ment to help im­prove symp­toms

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