Last month I began a series of posts about myths and misconceptions that many people have about back pain. We talked about how expensive back pain really is and that the earlier you start physical therapy, the less you’ll spend on treatment for your back pain.
Today I would like to talk about the myth that movement and exercise is dangerous for your back following an episode of back pain.
I have spoken with countless patients over the years who express to me their fear of participating in physical activity or a regular exercise program because they are worried they will “flare up” their back. This simply isn’t true. In fact, it’s the exact opposite of the truth. Studies show that exercise, almost any and all forms, decreases your risk of recurring low back pain by 25-40%.
If you’re suffering from back pain, first see a physical therapist at Atlantic Physical Therapy, and then find something you enjoy that keeps you exercising and active! Your back will thank you!
Matthew Savini DPT, OCS, CSCS
Atlantic Physical Therapy and Sports Medicine
Ocean View, DE