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Recreational physical activity may help manage chronic low back pain

We’ve said it many times before in our previous blog posts: recovery does not have to be overly complicated! A recent study published in the Journal of Orthopaedic & Sports Physical Therapy examined the role of physical therapy and recreational activities in lowering symptoms associated with chronic low back pain. The physical therapists provided their patients with a handful of specific exercises to manage sudden episodes of low back pain and prevent recurrence. The therapists also worked with the patients to game-plan a regular routine of recreational activities based on patient-preference (walking, swimming, cycling, gym workouts).

The results showed the patients who regularly performed their chosen recreational activity and used their PT exercises as needed found much better success and return to activities with less fear and less pain.

The take home here is: don’t be afraid of movement! If you have pain, don’t panic, consult a physical therapist and stay moving. Here are a handful of the exercises recommended in the research, not everyone will benefit from all exercises, so its crucial to see a licensed therapist if you are having pain.

Cole Racich, PT, DPT, OCS