Back pain is something that people experience at all ages. What I have come to learn is that to some people, the steps to recovery are intuitive. However, many people are reduced to completely relying the opinions of professionals to get better.

There are many different approaches to healing and recovering from various forms of back pain, including surgery. Unfortunately, often times surgery is presented as the first or only option and the patient makes a decision based on limited information. Surgery should always be treated as a last resort option because once it is done, it cannot be undone. Going under the knife in any scenario is a big deal, especially when dealing with the spine.

The Spine Institute Northwest wrote a blog article detailing the best alternatives to back surgery and not surprisingly, exercise was first on the list…

Exercise is the number one builder of muscle that will keep your spine safe and functional. The problem is, when you have spine pain, the last thing you want to do is exercise…… a simple daily regimen of stretches and exercises designed to strengthen back muscles and get the blood flowing is the best path to long term spine health.

Part of the article discusses the difficulty in getting meaningful exercise when you are in a lot of pain…

We have recently worked with a lot of clients that have spinal disc injuries and the common thread has been they were desperate. Desperation breeds bad decision making and unfortunately that leads to a lot of unnecessary surgeries. The very reason that we use the modalities and techniques that we use is so these patients have the ability to exercise despite their pain. Remember, you can always go back and get the surgery if the therapy does not work first… when you opt for surgery first you cannot undo it!

Read the rest of the article here and give us a call if you are thinking about back surgery. Try strengthening your body through a custom blend of exercises and stretches first, you might be surprised.

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