Exercise Therapy for People with Back Pain or Other Back Ailments

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About 80 percent of the adults in the U.S. have been bothered by back pain at some point in their lives (1). It is common for people with back ailments to wear a back brace and take it easy but this really would not benefit them in the long run. It may help the pain in the meanwhile but it will not actually be providing any key benefits. If people with back ailments were to take the back brace off, get up and start an active physical therapy program rather than a passive one, they would benefit greatly. Encompassing stretching, strengthening and low-impact aerobic conditioning into an active physical therapy program for people with back ailments would definitely help to rehabilitate the spine (2). Some benefits of an active physical therapy program for people with back problems include: Restoration of function and movement, promotion of healing and relief of pain (3). Some of the back ailments I am speaking of include: Injury or strain, Osteoarthritis, Ruptured discs, Spinal stenosis, Diffuse idiopathic skeletal hyperostosis and Ankylosing spondylitis (4). I will define these back problems for you in the following sentences. Injuries or strains can be brought on from being overworked or deconditioned. Osteoarthritis is excess wear and tear on the spinal discs caused by aging. Ruptured discs are created when wear and tear on the spine causes the intervertebral disc to bulge out. Spinal stenosis is the narrowing of the spinal canal. Diffuse idiopathic skeletal hyperostosis, or DISH, is the calcification of spinal ligaments which makes them very stiff. Ankylosing spondylitis is inflammation of the axial skeleton (includes spine) which leads to spinal fusion. Back pain sufferers can avoid surgery by undergoing an active physical therapy program. Clinical research studies show that intensive rehabilitation for serious back problems may be just as effective as invasive surgery. Another advantage is that rehabilitation costs half as much as surgery....
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