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March 12, 2014

If you would just do it…exercise, that is…you’d boost your opportunity for relief of chronic lower back pain!

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Medical Spine and Sports Injury and Rehab Centers knows the huge benefit to back pain patients who do their exercises. It’s documented over and over in the spine care literature. The positive clinical outcomes are evident each time an exercising patient walks through our Baton Rouge chiropractic door! Medical Spine and Sports Injury and Rehab Centers encourages Baton Rouge back pain patients, especially our chronic lower back pain patients, to do some simple exercises that don’t take long. Along with the chiropractic services you receive at Medical Spine and Sports Injury and Rehab Centers, exercise enhances the benefits. So here are a couple more recent exercise reports we just have to share.

One, chronic lower back pain patients in Baton Rouge and beyond benefit greatly when they just do their recommended exercises! A new study found that sticking to an exercise program doubled a chronic lower back pain patient’s chance of relief. The functional improvement is noted as significant at discharge and at one year follow-up. Interestingly yet not unexpectedly, younger age and good mental health contribute to the good response at one year. (1) So not to nag, but are you doing your exercises?

Two, an 11 year follow-up study reports no difference in chronic lower back pain patient-reported outcomes between surgical fusion and multidisciplinary cognitive-behavioral and exercise programs. The researchers question why a spine care organization with such surgical and non-surgical options would choose surgery for chronic lower back pain. (Baton Rouge chronic lower back pain patients might wonder the same.) Surgery comes with risks and is necessary for a few, and non-operative outcomes last! (2) So are you inspired to exercise now?

Bottomline: If you are doing your exercises and not finding benefit, talk with Medical Spine and Sports Injury and Rehab Centers. Let’s do the exercises together to be sure you are doing them correctly and make modifications as needed. If you aren’t doing your exercises, let’s address your resistance. If it’s fear of hurting yourself or not wanting to do them, your most understanding Baton Rouge chiropractor will listen and gently coax you to try.

Contact Medical Spine and Sports Injury and Rehab Centers today. Exercise can be very gentle yet very effective, and the exercise program can be fit to you for maximal chronic lower back pain relief.