HOW MUCH BED-REST DOES ONE TAKE TO RELIEVE BACKACHE OR SCIATICA?
There are lots of misconceptions related to the duration of bed rest to relieve acute backache or acute sciatica [pain going from the back into the legs]. The most appropriate duration is 48-72 hours. Taking bed-rest longer than this is going to be detrimental as it may lead to disuse atrophy [weakening] of the spinal muscles and disuse osteoporosis [weakening of bones]. If backache or sciatica has to get better with bed-rest, it will happen within 48-72 hours. If it does not get better within this time, then taking bed rest for months together also is not going to work!!!!! However, this bed-rest for 48-72 hours should be absolutely strict; eating, drinking…..everything in the bed. One can turn sides in the bed, but not to get up! Out of 24 hours in a day, 23.5 hours should be in the bed! Only to get up to visit the washroom, that’s it…!!!! PS; Have attached scientific evidence to support the above recommendations for those of you who might be interested!