Nebraska Orthopaedic Newsletter
BUILDING A STRONG CORE TO Relieve Back Pain
• Building a Strong Core to Relieve Back Pain • 4 Core Activation Tips • Exercise Essentials • Patient Success Spotlight •Fun & Games
If you suffer from an aching back or even neck pain, weakness in your core muscles can be to blame. Do you have to sit for long periods at a computer, in the car, or are you just not that active anymore? All these positions can lead your core muscles to become weak. Even if you exercise regularly, unless you target your core muscles, you can cause an imbalance in your muscle strength, straining your back and putting you at risk for injury. Aprimeexampleofhow importantcoremusclestrength istoprotectagainstback pain was shown in a study with 443 firefighters that were put through core strengthening routines. Over a 12 month period,
those firefighters had 62% less injuries than the group who did no core strengthening exercises. When your core is strong, it means your spine is better protected against injury when you twist, lift or strain your body doing an activity.
Bliven, Kellie C. Huxel, and Barton Anderson E. “Core Stability Training for Injury Prevention.” Sports Health.SAGEPublications,Nov. 2013. Web. 12 Sept. 2016.
Do you want to target your core? One of the first actions a physical therapist does is to evaluate your core strength, flexibility and coordination. This can pinpoint the root cause of your back pain. Then with hands on therapy, the spinal joints can be freed up to move like they should and specific exercises are prescribed to restore your core strength. Find out for yourself, what is truly causing your nagging back pain. After all, if you let it go on, it can get a lot worse, or even cause long-term damage such as arthritis. Call us today about your problem and discuss the right solution with one of our physical therapists.
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