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We continue our blog series on common back pain myths:

Myth 9: Prolonged bed rest is necessary following an acute episode of lower back pain

Good studies show that putting people with acute back pain on bed rest for no more than three days will produce a good outcome. Beyond three days generally has an adverse effect however. Many back pain episodes take more than a couple of days to get over, particularly with people who have recurrent bouts with back pain.

Watch Dr. Raub's video series on the '10 most common back pain myths' on VSO's YouTube channel.

Myth 9: Prolonged bedrest is necessary following an acute episode of lower back pain