Lower back pain exercises

Many people become sedentary and inactive when they are experiencing low back pain, thinking it will help them recover. Exercises, however, can help you maintain strength, stability and mobility. While an immobile lifestyle only increases your risk of joint stiffness, muscle loss and circulatory problems.

As with new treatment you attempt for back pain relief, you should always consult with your doctor to design a treatment plan that does not worsen symptoms. They will also make sure that the exercise plan is compatible with the current treatments you are receiving, such as massage, physical therapy and any medication you are taking.

Different exercises for lower back pain

Exercises for low back pain may include any of the following:

  • Abdominal contractions. Lie flat on your back with your knees bent, making sure that the small of your back is flat against the floor. Gently tighten your abdominal muscles, hold and release. A strong core will help to take stress off your spine.
  • Knee to chest stretch. Lie flat on your back with your knees bent. Lace your fingers around one shin and gently pull the leg toward your chest, keeping your back flush with the floor. Repeat several times for each leg.
  • Lunges. Stand with your feet hip-width apart. Make sure that your back is in a straight, neutral position. Step forward with one foot and bend the knee, making sure that your knees do not extend over your ankle — the leg that you step out with should form a 90-degree angle.

Other treatment options for lower back pain

For many people, lower back pain can improve with a few weeks or months of conservative treatment options, including exercise and a healthy diet. However, there are individuals who experience chronic back pain after exhausting doctor-recommended treatments. At this point, you may begin to consider surgery as an option.

If you have been recommended for a traditional open spine procedure, but have concerns about the risks and difficulty involved, reach out to Laser Spine Institute. Our minimally invasive spine surgery uses a muscle-sparing less than 1-inch incision to access the spine which results in a shorter recovery time^ and less risk of complication than traditional open neck or back procedures.

For more information, contact us today for a no-cost MRI review* to see if you may be a candidate for minimally invasive outpatient spine surgery at Laser Spine Institute.