A guide to back pain exercises

Back pain affects most adults at some point throughout life. Often, the pain is acute and tends to improve within a few weeks. For others, the pain gradually worsens and may become chronic without treatment. Whether your back pain is acute or chronic, back pain exercises can help relieve your aching back and increase your mobility.

Commonly recommended exercises for back pain

Some of the first treatment options that many spine doctors will suggest to relieve back pain are exercises to stretch and strengthen back muscles. If you’re experiencing upper, lower or middle back pain, be sure to consult with your doctor before beginning any type of exercise program. He or she can diagnose the cause of your pain and offer a program of exercises tailored to your needs, including:

  • Stretching and strengthening exercises such as the pelvic tilt, basic twist and the plank
  • Swimming
  • Walking
  • Stability ball exercises

Back pain exercises can not only help you recover from pain, they can also help you build and maintain muscle strength. In addition, exercise can aid in weight control, which is also beneficial for the long-term health of your back.

Additional treatment for back pain

Some patients, however, may need more than exercise to help treat their spine condition and reduce their back pain. While conservative options like rest, massage, hot/cold compression, spinal injections and exercises can provide lasting relief for many, surgery becomes an option if weeks or months go by without improving back pain. For these patients, Laser Spine Institute provides minimally invasive outpatient spine surgery.

With a shorter recovery time compared to traditional open back surgery,^ our procedures are performed by highly skilled surgeons who use muscle-sparing techniques to access the spine and treat the sources of neck and back pain. We can treat conditions that affect the cervical (upper) spine, thoracic (middle) spine and lumbar (lower) spine. Contact us today to learn more about our state-of-the-art facilities and our caring team.

We are happy to provide a no-cost MRI or CT scan review* to determine if you are a potential candidate for one of our procedures.