Benefits of using an exercise bike if you are dealing with neck or back pain

Like other forms of physical activity, an exercise bike offers a cardiovascular workout that can burn fat, tone muscles, reduce the risk of heart disease and improve lung function. However, exercise bikes also might offer benefits for people who have neck and back pain related to a spine condition because of its low-impact nature.

As you seek lasting relief for your symptoms, it is important to be aware of the full range of treatment options available. The following information can help you work more closely with your doctor to develop an effective plan of care with a better chance of offering you the lasting relief you deserve. You can also contact our team at Laser Spine Institute to learn more about the treatment options available to you.

Using an exercise bike as part of a back pain relief plan

If your doctor has cleared you to begin an exercise bike program, the first step is deciding which type of exercise bike you would like to use. Many people are most familiar with upright exercise bikes, but if back pain limits your ability to bend forward over the handlebars, a recumbent exercise bike may be a better choice for you. Many of the recumbent bike seats are ergonomically designed and offer excellent lumbar support. Handles also offer a comfortable place to rest your hands. The latest bike models include sensors that monitor heart rate, calories burned, miles per hour and resistance level.

However, keep in mind that an exercise plan should never be attempted without a physician’s supervision. It could be dangerous for patients with cardiovascular problems or other issues to exercise at a high intensity. Also, if you have neck or back pain due to a herniated disc, bulging disc or bone spur, your physician may advise you to lower the intensity of the workout.

When to consider surgical treatment

Exercising with a bike is an effective part of a treatment plan for many patients dealing with spine conditions, strengthening muscles, improving blood flow and also helping patients to lose weight and reduce pressure on the spine. When combined with conservative options like medication, hot/cold compresses and therapeutic massage, using an exercise bike can be a key part of a plan that offers long-term relief and a good quality of life.

Spine surgery can become a serious consideration for patients who have exhausted conservative treatments and are no longer finding the relief they required for a healthy lifestyle. Laser Spine Institute provides minimally invasive outpatient spine surgery that is a safer and effective alternative to traditional open back procedures.^

To learn more, reach out to our team today. We are happy to provide a no-cost MRI review* to determine if you are a potential candidate for one of our procedures.