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Back Pain And Sex

I am often asked by patients, "I have back pain, is it ok for me to have sex?" I assume it would get asked more often if not for the sensitive nature of it. My response is always yes. After all, sex is a form of exercise and exercise is good for the spine! Some patients express that sexual activity increases their back pain. I tell them, like with most regular exercise, position modification is the answer if there are physical limitations. Remember the rule of thumb with any exercise: if the activity is increasing your back pain, STOP. An educational hand out is available. Please ask your provider.