If you’ve had to go to your doctor due to back pain, you know that it can get pretty bad. Back pain is actually a very common reason for a visit to the doctor, and a big reason that people end up being absent from work. When a bad low back flare-up comes along, people can be laid up for days from the debilitating pain. According to the Mayo Clinic, 80 percent of all Americans will have low back pain at least once in their lifetime. Back pain is also a leading cause of disability cases in the United States. Doctors usually turn to surgery as a last resort, and will prescribe exercise or physical therapy to help relieve chronic pain.
The back is composed of a complex structure of muscles, ligaments, tendons, disks and bones. Problems with any of these components can lead to back pain. For some people suffering with back pain, its cause is never found. Structural problems in the back can not only lead to injury, but can result in degenerative conditions, such as osteoporosis, arthritis, sciatica, and ruptured disks. Back pain can also be the result of some everyday activity, poor posture, being overweight, or workplace conditions.
Physical therapy and exercise will help people with back pain immensely, as it helps them return to functioning in their everyday lives, also helping with mobility and flexibility. After an episode of back pain has lasted between two and six weeks, some spine specialists consider physical therapy sooner, particularly if the pain is severe and chronic. There are several exercises that can help relieve your back pain, some of which are:
- Yoga: Yoga helps with flexibility, building muscle, and increasing mobility. Yoga poses will also help relieve stress, and reduce tension in your back.
- Strength Training: Strength training is exactly what it sounds like. These types of exercises stabilize and strengthens your entire body. In this case, strengthening your legs, back, and core
- Pilates: Pilates strengthens the muscles that support the spine, decreasing your risk of injury. It also increases flexibility, making it easier to move without pain.
If you are interested in learning more about how to avoid further back pain by doing physical therapy and strengthening exercises, call Endeavor Rehab Center at (512) 284-7192 to request an appointment, or request one online.