There is often confusion about what ‘staying active’ means. It means different things to different patients. For an office worker it might mean avoiding sitting for long periods and using a sit-stand desk, while for an athlete it might mean light training.
Staying active does not mean undertaking any particular activity and it does not mean resting.
Patients often fear that pain is a sign of deterioration and further damage. They may need reassurance that pain is likely to subside and that ongoing pain is unlikely to cause further damage.