Rehabilitation from neck or back pain with proper exercise

Living with chronic neck or back pain related to a spine condition can be extremely difficult and affect your family, job and your ability to perform basic tasks. While this can be frustrating, it is important to understand that lasting relief can be found, often without the need for surgery.

As part of your treatment plan, your doctor may have recommended certain exercises to help you with the rehabilitation process. This is an easily overlooked part of treatment, but exercise is important to both your overall health and the health of your spine. While you should work closely with your doctor or physical therapist to develop a specific program and ensure any exercises are performed properly, having a better understand of the goals of rehabilitative exercise can make you a more empowered patient and give you the best chance of finding lasting relief.

The goals of exercising for rehabilitation

In addition to medication, periods of rest and applying hot or cold compression to a problem area, exercise is commonly recommended for the treatment of neck and back pain. In fact, it can be a very important part of finding long-term pain relief and a return to normal comfortable activity.

A properly followed exercise program can accomplish the following:

  • Stretch the muscles connective tissues surrounding the source of neck or back pain to relieve discomfort and increase range of motion
  • Strengthen supporting muscles to help with posture and take pressure off the spinal column
  • Improve the flow of blood and essential nutrients to spinal anatomy, including damaged tissue
  • Give you a better understanding of body mechanics and the movements that can worsen or improve your pain and other symptoms

As you exercise, it is important to listen to your body and stop and contact your doctor or physical therapist at the first sign of excessive pain or discomfort.

When to consider surgery

Patients with chronic neck and back are often able to get back to the activities of daily living by following a rehabilitation plan that includes proper exercise and other methods. Surgery may be recommended if conservative treatments have been fully exhausted without bringing the relief you require for a good quality of life.

For patients considering a spine procedure, Laser Spine Institute provides minimally invasive spine surgery performed on an outpatient basis. Since 2005 we have been able to help more than 75,000 patients find relief from neck and back pain. To learn more, reach out to our team today for a no-cost MRI review* to determine if you are a potential candidate for one of our procedures.