Back Care

Welcome! MHealthy and the Department of Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation- Spine Program have created this website for people who are in the early weeks of low back pain, whether it's the first time or has happened before.

Nearly everyone experiences back pain at some point. The good news is that it's usually not serious, and there are many simple things you can do to feel better.

We encourage you to go through this site section by section to understand the causes of back pain, risk factors, and how to care for your back. At the end of the website, you will be asked to give feedback on your experience.

At some point, 80% of us will have low back pain. But it's usually not anything serious. Most people (about 90%) recover fully within six weeks.
X-rays, MRIs, or CT scans are rarely needed for back pain. Neither is surgery. The problem often goes away on its own after a few days of light activity.
Bed rest is only okay for a day or two when dealing with back pain. People get better faster by staying active at home and at work. Having a positive attitude also helps!
U-M Spine Program Director Dr. Tony Chiodo discusses the basics of back pain and back care.