Low back pain is one of the most common reasons for consulting a physician. Despite little supporting scientific evidence, bed rest was considered the primary treatment for low back pain from the late 19th century. What has changed now is how back pain is understood and managed.
Given the extensive research done in recent years on back pain and rest, there is rising evidence to point towards avoidance of bed rest for the management of back pain. Advice on early, progressive activity, with no more than 2 days of bed rest, will serve as the current approach to the management of back pain.
~ Extracted from Bed Rest No Longer the Best Option for Back Pain by Cindy Tan