Stretches or exercises for back pain

Patient : I've been having some back pain and would like to learn stretches or exercises that might help alleviate some of it. Any suggestions?
Symptoms:  Aching back, soreness, stiffness
Doctor :   Thank you for writing to us. Usually, back pain can occur due to an injury in the back or due to tight muscles. There are a few things that you can try to help you. First, I would recommend that you start on RICE. RICE is a treatment for soft tissue injury. R - rest the back and avoid any back exercises or too much strain I - ice the back for 15 mins every hour several times a day C - compress the back by using massage or with a back brace E - elevate your back by sleeping on your front to allow blood to flow back to the heart and reduce the swelling Along with this. I recommend that you stretch your lower back and your hamstrings. You can find the stretches on this link. http://www.wikihow.com/Do-a-Lower-Back-Stretch-Safely A combination of both stretching and RICE will allow you to recover quickly. Please try this for 2 weeks and see how it works for you. All the best.

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