How to treat a back injury with exercise and other treatments

If you have sustained a back injury, it seems reasonable to lie down and wait for the pain to subside. However, excessive rest can keep the back tightened up, slow the recovery process and even make your spine pain worse. Instead, one of the best things you can do to relieve back pain is to exercise — with the guidance of a medical professional. Clearly, improper stretching or overdoing your workout can worsen your symptoms, but with a carefully targeted regimen of exercise and strength training, you might be able to overcome your pain without more invasive treatment.

Nonsurgical treatment

The vast majority of lower back injuries aren’t particularly serious and are nothing more than a minor annoyance stemming from a strained muscle or sprained ligament. However, for some patients, medical attention is required to relieve their pain. If you find yourself in the latter category, the good news is that there are a number of proven conservative back muscle treatment options available to manage the pain stemming from a back injury, including:

  • Anti-inflammatory medication
  • Cortisone injections
  • Stretching techniques such as yoga
  • Heat or ice packs
  • Stabilizing braces

Exercise to treat back injuries

Exercise is another great way to treat a back injury. Targeted exercises can strengthen the back, increase flexibility and help prevent future injury. Before starting any exercise regimen, it is imperative that you consult with your physician to ensure that you do not overstrain your back and cause more injury. It is usually a good idea to work with a physical therapist or personal trainer to ensure you are targeting the correct parts of your back and not setting yourself up for further damage. This process takes time but it is an excellent investment in your overall health.

On rare occasions, a back surgery is too severe to be treated through exercise and other conservative treatments. If your back injury has not improved after several weeks or months of trying conservative methods, contact Laser Spine Institute to learn about minimally invasive spine surgery.

Our minimally invasive decompression and stabilization procedures are a safer and effective^ alternative to traditional open back surgery, and offer a much shorter recovery period. As a leader in outpatient spine surgery, we have already helped more than 75,000 patients find relief from neck and back pain. Contact us today for a review of your MRI report or CT scan, and to schedule an initial consultation.