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Baton Rouge Exercise for Back Pain Relief: Whats Best? Good Question!

September 14, 2022

An age-old chiropractic patient question: ”Just tell me what exercise to do to get rid of this back pain, and I’ll do it!”

We all want the one “right” answer to make things better. We like to “just do it” and be finished. Recognizing just what the right thing is is the conundrum even for researchers and for your Baton Rouge chiropractor. The secret for all involved – researcher, doctor, patient – is getting to know the patient. Medical Spine and Sports Injury and Rehab Centers gets to understand each of our back pain patients to know better which exercise(s) may be most beneficial. Our chiropractic services are here to help. 


Researchers struggle to know what the right back pain easing exercise(s) is, also. A few researchers reviewed 118 back pain exercise trials with 9710 volunteers. They found that the most effective exercise methods for relieving pain were mind-body, core-based exercise, and Pilates. They found that the most effective means to reduce disability were Pilates, core-based, and strength exercises. According to a special scoring system know as SUCRA which measures the rates the probability of an approach’s being effective found that Pilates ranked highest with 93% for likelihood of reducing pain and 98% for reducing disability. (1) Medical Spine and Sports Injury and Rehab Centers will agree that those are impressive effectiveness scores!


Other studies feature the effectiveness of other exercises, too. An analysis of 89 studies/5578 patients dedicated to establishing the effectiveness of exercise for non-specific chronic low back pain reported that Pilates had the highest probability of easing pain, resistance training and stabilization/motor control exercise for enhancing physical function, and resistance and aerobic training for making better mental health. (2) Pilates won again! Then, in a 414 chronic low back pain patient study, core stability exercise reduced pain more and enhanced function better than general exercise. (3) And for back pain sufferers with a lumbar disc herniation, stretch and strength-based yoga proved itself to be a possible option to improve related neuropathic pain, disability, and function in these patients by increasing mobilization, core muscle strength, and hamstring flexibility. (4) Medical Spine and Sports Injury and Rehab Centers doesn’t want to confuse you or lead you off track! We will just urge you to try a few of our recommendations and see how good they make you feel.

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Listen to this PODCAST with Dr. William Hoffman on The Back Doctors Podcast with Dr. Michael Johnson as he illustrates the relief with The Cox® Technic System of Spinal Pain Management for a patient experiencing a lumbar disc herniation.

Schedule your Baton Rouge chiropractic appointment soon. The best answer to the most common question about which exercise is best: check the most recent research. Recently, pilates, yoga, core, resistance, and stabilization are in favor in the research. Which exercise will you do? That is the best one!

Medical Spine and Sports Injury and Rehab Centers applauds the question from our back pain sufferers who want to know which exercise is optimal to get rid of pain: Pilates, yoga, strength, core, aerobic, etc.?