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Bending or twisting your back can cause back pain. When you are getting into bed, avoid twists and bends. Follow these steps to get in and out of bed without bending or twisting your back.
When you are getting ready to lie down, don't rush it. Keep your back
straight, and think about lowering your body without twisting your back.
Keep your back straight, and use your arms to help you lower your
upper body to the bed. Your arms can support your upper body weight and keep
you from twisting your back. The idea is to keep your back in one straight
position as you lower your upper body and raise your legs.
Keep your back straight after you are lying down. You may want to put
a pillow between your knees to keep your back in a neutral position. If you roll onto your back, you may want to put a pillow under your knees.
To get out of bed, do the same steps in reverse:
ByHealthwise StaffPrimary Medical ReviewerWilliam H. Blahd, Jr., MD, FACEP - Emergency MedicineSpecialist Medical ReviewerJoan Rigg, PT, OCS - Physical Therapy
Current as ofMay 22, 2015
Current as of:
May 22, 2015
William H. Blahd, Jr., MD, FACEP - Emergency Medicine & Joan Rigg, PT, OCS - Physical Therapy
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