Chronic Back Pain? Here’s How to Get Some Relief

Posted on January 14th, 2019 by Orthopaedic Specialty Group

Back pain is a common malady that has afflicted most of us at some point in our life. Everyone from the weekend warrior to the young mother with a toddler has experienced transient back pain.

However, some people have to live with chronic back pain that never completely goes away. There is hope and help for those who do live with chronic back pain. The pain does not have to ruin your life, it can be managed with drug-free treatment options like exercise and physical therapy.

Core Strength

Lower stomach muscles work with back muscles to keep us upright and prevent back pain. By increasing your core strength, you will take pressure off of lower back muscles and reduce pain.

Lie on your back on the floor. Knees bent, feet flat on the floor. Slowly bring one knee close to your chest, hold 5 seconds, then lower leg back to starting position. Breathe in as your knee comes up, breathe out as your lower your foot back down to the floor. Repeat 10 times with each leg.

Bird Dog Stretch

Gently stretch your lower back muscles and increase mobility with this easy exercise.

Get on all fours on the floor. Keep hands in line with shoulders, knees in line with hips and head in line with spine. Raise and out-stretch one leg and the opposite arm until they are in line with your spine. Take a deep breath and release it as you extend the arm and leg. Hold the position for 10 seconds. Repeat 10 times on each side.

Before you start any new workout routine, it’s always best to speak with a professional.

Physical Therapy Treatments

Beginning physical therapy may also offer relief for chronic low-back pain suffers. Through heat or ice packs, manual therapies, ultrasound, electrical stimulation or dry needling, we can find a treatment that is right for you.

At Orthopaedic Specialty Group, we offer a wide variety of treatments to help our patients deal with conditions such as chronic back pain, rheumatoid arthritis, chronic pain, sports injuries, and more. Contact us today to schedule your appointment (203) 337-2600!