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Exercise May Help Reduce the Chances of Low Back Pain, Finds Study

Low Back PainBack pain affects millions of people in the U.S. According to the Mayo Clinic, approximately 80% of all Americans will have low back pain at least once in their lives. Multispecialty healthcare centers in NYC offer a wide variety of effective non-surgical low back pain treatment options, which include pain medication, chiropractic care, and exercise therapy. A new study suggests that people who exercise may lower their odds of developing low back pain or reduce the intensity of back pain they experience.

The team analyzed data from 16 previously published studies and found that people who exercised were 33 percent less likely to develop low back pain when compared to those who did not exercise. Combining exercise with patient education about back pain was associated with a 27 percent lower chance of developing low back pain. The results of the research were published online in the American Journal of Epidemiology on October 19, 2017.

The group of studies in the analysis had a total of 4,310 participants. Individual studies had 30 to 901 participants and followed people for 2-24 months. Four studies were conducted in Japan, three in Denmark, two in Sweden and one each in Canada, Finland, Italy, New Zealand, Thailand, the UK and the United States.

As part of the study, the researchers randomly assigned people with or without back pain to start different exercise routines. Many of the workout routines included stretching and strengthening exercises and looked at aerobic, fitness, endurance, balance, coordination and motor skills. It was found that exercise alone was associated with 38 percent lower risk of disability due to low back pain. On the other hand, adding patient education to exercise also got similar results.

The findings of the study stress the importance of following a regular exercise regime for effective low back pain management. Movement is necessary to keep the discs, muscles, ligaments, and joints healthy. Ideally, people should plan at least 10-15 minutes of exercise relatively on a daily basis to retrain the muscles. In leading healthcare centers in Brooklyn, NYC, patients are guided in performing general strengthening; stretching and aerobic programs that help improve strength, range of motion and mobility to a great extent. Core strengthening exercises also play a key role in back pain treatment.

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