Stephen J. Schueler, M.D.

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Acute Back Pain Back Exercises

Back stretching exercises for someone with back pain include:

  • Lower neck and upper back stretch:
    • While standing, place your hands together in front of you.
    • Bend your neck and back forward while you keep your knees straight.
    • Reach toward the floor.
  • Seated low-back stretch:
    • Sit on a chair with both feet planted squarely on the floor.
    • Bend over by placing your head between your knees.
    • Touch your fingertips on the floor between your feet.

Perform back and abdominal strengthening exercises after the pain has resolved. Talk to your doctor or physical therapist about exercises that are right for you.

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Last Updated: Nov 4, 2008 References
Authors: Stephen J. Schueler, MD; John H. Beckett, MD; D. Scott Gettings, MD
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