Strengthening muscles for back pain relief

Your spine is responsible for supporting the majority of your body’s weight and performing a wide range of movements that are critical to your daily life. That’s why it can be so debilitating when a degenerative spine condition like a bulging disc, facet disease, bone spur or other issue causes pain, weakness or stiffness in your back or neck.

Natural spine degeneration is unavoidable and it can reduce your quality of life. However, there are steps anyone can take to improve spine health and reduce the risk of developing a painful condition. One of the most commonly recommended methods is strengthening muscles through exercise or as part of a physical therapy program that’s aimed at easing back pain.

Benefits of strengthening your supporting muscles

The types of exercises for strengthening muscles to help back pain can vary based on your current condition and other factors such as your state of health, age and lifestyle. In some cases, your doctor might recommend a physical therapy program that includes muscle-strengthening exercises. These exercises can offer the following benefits:

  • Promote weight loss and endurance. This will help reduce stress on your joints and spine and also improve your overall health.
  • Improve your flexibility and range of motion. Stretching and other techniques can help you in these areas and reduce stiffness in your back or neck.
  • Strengthen your abdominal muscles. This can diminish the strain on your back by creating a stronger core.

Physical therapy or an exercise program can work together with other treatment methods like hot/cold therapy, medication or spinal injections to provide lasting relief. It is important to make any needed lifestyle changes like posture improvement, quitting smoking, or losing weight as these can all help the long-term health of your spine.

When to consider surgery for a spine condition

Surgery can become a serious option if weeks or months of conservative treatment have not improved your back pain, or it has suddenly worsened. For these patients, Laser Spine Institute provides minimally invasive spine surgery to treat a wide range of spinal conditions. By using muscle-sparing techniques, we are able to offer a streamlined outpatient experience with less risk of complication and a shorter recovery time compared to traditional open back surgery. To learn more, contact our team today.

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