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Health Tip: Back Pain?

Stay active, but don't overdo it

(HealthDay News) -- You can hurt your back doing simple everyday things -- lifting objects, twisting the wrong way, sleeping in an unusual position, or by sneezing.

Your doctor may prescribe an anti-inflammatory medication to reduce inflammation and pain, according to the Northeast Medical Center in North Carolina. Muscle relaxants and stronger pain medicines may also be prescribed as needed.

Contrary to what was once popular belief, light-to-moderate activity is recommended over prolonged bedrest. While you should avoid heavy lifting or any activity that may aggravate or strain your injury, the center says moderate activity actually may help speed recovery.

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