At the onset of back pain, when it is acute, and for the first 4 weeks, you should try to avoid the following activities for any extended period of time:

  • activities against resistance (e.g., lifting, carrying, pushing, pulling)
  • repeated activities (e.g., repetitive upper body motions, walking long distances, operating foot controls, body rotation)
  • continuous work positioning (e.g., sitting, standing, fixed position of body or head)
  • low-level activities (e.g., crouching, bending, squatting, kneeling)
  • prolonged or total bed rest

Moderate or limited activity can be appropriate but should be discontinued if it causes pain.

 The Canadian Chiropractic Association 
in association with the MediResource Clinical Team