Daily exercise 'helps to prevent back pain flare-ups'

09 August 2013

People with recurring low back pain may benefit from taking daily exercise, experts have said.

Writing in the Harvard Men's Health Watch publication, Dr Jeffrey Katz claimed that stretching and strengthening exercises are particularly good for those prone to attacks of low back pain.

"An episode of acute low back pain is a call to action for people who are simply not exercisers," said Dr Katz, professor of orthopaedic surgery and medicine at Harvard Medical School.

"It is a good time to make a commitment to exercise when you are starting to feel a bit better -typically in a few weeks," he advised.

However, patients whose back pain is linked to a spinal problem should not exercise without first consulting their doctor.

Signs of a possible spinal problem include pain radiating down into the leg and a 'pins and needles' sensation.

Dr Katz also said that people might like to give alternative therapies a try, such as tai chi or gentle yoga.

Posted by Jeanette Royston

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