Is It Safe to Exercise If You Have Back Pain?

When experiencing back pain, many patients question whether or not they should continue to workout. Usually, they are tempted to avoid exercise because they don’t want to overexert their strained muscles and fear that it may lead to worse pain. However in some cases, the right amount of exercise can be quite beneficial for back pain and can quickly speed up recovery time after an injury.

If you are worried that your usual workout regimen might worsen your back pain, you should consider consulting a spine specialist to help you replace your regimen with a more moderate regimen. There are many strengthening exercises that can help you stay flexible to reduce your back pain. If you want other alternatives, try considering swimming, yoga and other low-impact activities as you are trying to recover. If you do experience continuous pain while exercising and it just doesn’t seem to go away, you should consult with a back pain specialist right away.

If you or anyone you know experiences persistent back pain and is interfering with your quality of life, help is available. At the Spine Institute, Dr. Marc Cohen is an orthopedic spine surgeon specializing in minimally invasive, endoscopic and laser spine surgery and offers customized solutions to individual problems. If you need a back specialist, check out our New Jersey locations and schedule an appointment at 973-538-4444 or online with our contact form.