Preventing Lower Back Pain

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The best way to prevent low back problems is to stay fit. If you must lift something, even after your back seems better, be sure to:

* Keep all lifted objects close to your body
* Avoid lifting while twisting, bending forward, and reaching

You should continue to exercise even after your back symptoms have gone away. There are many exercises that can be done to condition muscles of your body and back. You should talk to your health care provider about the exercises that would be best for you.

When Low Back Symptoms Return

More than half of the people who recover from a first episode of acute low back symptoms will have another episode within a few years. Unless your back symptoms are very different from the first episode, or you have a new medical condition, you can expect to recover quickly and fully from each episode.

While Your Back is Getting Better
It is important to remember that even though you are having a problem with your back now, most likely it will begin to feel better soon. It is important to keep in mind that you are the most important person in taking care of your back and in helping to get back to your regular activities. It may also help you to remember that:

* Most low back problems last for a short amount of time and the symptoms usually get better with little or no medical treatment.
* Low back problems can be painful. But pain rarely means that there is serious damage to your back.
* Exercise can help you to feel better faster and prevent more back problems. A regular exercise program adds to your general health and may help you get back to the things you enjoy doing.

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