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Exercise Eases Low Back Pain

Exercise is Important to Ease Low Back Pain

The more overweight a person is, the more likely they will have low back pain. In a recent study presented at the North American Spine Society (NASS) in New Orleans, it is possible to reduce the odds of developing chronic low back pain by engaging in a moderate exercise program. If a person with chronic low back pain were to search the internet for treatments they would find a large assortment of therapies from injections, to physical therapy, to spinal manipulation to medications. The one form of treatment for low back pain that has been shown time and time again to help reduce pain and should be a mainstay of any pain management program is just plain exercise. For people that are considered overweight, no fancy exercise to strengthen your “core” or to level out your pelvis are needed, just simple things like brisk walking, riding a bike, or general gardening for less than 20 minutes a day. This alone can reduce back pain risk by 32%. In those that are considered morbidly obese, the risk of back pain dropped by 38% according to this new study. For those of us that live in Phoenix this is a great time of the year to get out and start exercising.

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