Back pain is an unpleasant experience, and sometimes the discomfort can be so strong that it reduces a person’s ability to effectively work and perform day-to-day activities. In addition, emotions are triggered, which can make the situation even worse for both the patient and those around them.

For people who work, back pain can result in a lack of productivity and even absenteeism. Many people who experience back pain have to stay at home occasionally or, worse, go through a surgery, both of which can quickly fill a person’s allotted number of personal and sick days.

When dealing with back pain, undergoing an exercise treatment is quite effective. Patients with chronic back pain that go through physical therapy exercises experience a reduction in their back pain as well as faster recuperation. However, some of these patients still experience recurrent pain after several months of active treatment.  Based on a study in Spine Journal, it is important for back pain patients to exercise even after months of an active low back rehabilitation program. Exercise helps reduce the risk of recurrent back pain, thus reducing other negative effects like unproductive work, absenteeism, unpleasant disposition, and body discomfort as well.

Results of the study showed that patients who have gone through a series of exercises after a guided treatment are less likely to experience recurrent back pain than those who have been inactive after treatment. In the same way, work absenteeism was also less in patients who were physically active versus those who were not.

Though the causes of back pain may sometimes be out of your control inevitable, undergoing the right kind of treatment can help reduce the pain and encourage proper healing. Physical Therapy Rehabilitation, Manhattan  offers a variety of back pain treatments that are based on the unique conditions of each patient. The treatments are focused specifically on what the patients need and, as a result, are very effective.

Source: Spine Journal: 15 July 2000, Volume 25, Issue 14, pp1809-1816.

-Dr Sid
Esprit Wellness