As I have previously discussed, a common and sometimes harmful misconception is that exercise should be avoided when a patient is experiencing back pain. Understandably, many patients are reluctant to exercise out of the fear that any exercises or stretching will aggravate their existing back pain. This may make them rely too heavily on medical treatments and under-emphasize the importance of exercise for healing and long term back pain relief.
For most back problems, exercise and movement are the natural stimuli for the healing process. Controlled, gradual and progressive exercise, rather than inactivity and bed rest, most often provides the best long-term solution for reducing back pain and preventing (or lessening) future episodes of pain.
Most experts recommend no more than one or two days rest at the onset of most episodes of back pain. Prolonged inactivity can actually increase back pain as the back becomes stiff, weak, and deconditioned. As the pain increases, many patients reduce their activity and exercise levels, resulting in even more back pain and aggravating the cycle of inactivity and back pain recurrence.
Exercise plays the dual role of both treating back pain and helping prevent future episodes of pain.
By nourishing and repairing spinal structures, exercise helps alleviate existing back problems.
Movement and exercise keep the anatomy of the back healthy, flexible and strong in order to reduce the chances of further injury and back pain.
It is always advisable for patients to first consult with a health professional before beginning any exercise or fitness program. Working with a physician or a spine specialist will ensure that patients' activities are safe for their back and their overall health. With back pain, it's particularly important to get an accurate diagnosis for the cause of the patient's pain from a physician.
If you are unsure about the underlying cause of your back pain, please contact The Spine Center for a consultation at 561-630-3870 in order to rule out possible types of back pain (such as spinal instability) that may be aggravated by exercise. And remember to always Live Life in Motion.
Voted as one of America’s Top Surgeons, Charles S. Theofilos, MD, Neurosurgeon and Founder of The Spine Center is a leading provider of the state-of-the-art, most comfortable and effective surgical, minimally invasive and non-surgical treatment options for a full range of cervical and spinal ailments, including stem cell therapy and artificial disc replacement. He was among a field of 20 top neuro and orthopedic surgeons in the U.S. chosen to participate in the groundbreaking Artificial Disc Study, which compared the clinical outcome of disc replacement versus traditional spinal fusion. A widely sought after educator and lecturer, Dr. Theofilos has offices in Palm Beach Gardens and Port St. Lucie. In an effort to maintain and honor the commitment to our patients, we will continue to accept Medicare and Medicare Advantage insurance plans for all new and follow up appointments.
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