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Bed Rest for Lower-Back Pain (NASS)

Campaign Series: Choosing Wisely
Medical Category: Procedures
Article Type: Advice
Language: Plain English, Spanish
Affiliation: North American Spine Society
Format: HTML, PDF
Most recent update: 09/29/2014
Many people want to stay in bed when their back hurts. For many years, getting bed rest was the normal advice. But studies show that staying in bed longer than 48 hours won’t help. The good news is that lower-back pain often goes away on its own, and people usually recover in a week or two.