Health Watch — Back Pain: Active Rehabilitation
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This week on Health Watch, we’re talking about treating back pain. Previously, we talked about some passive rehabilitation methods such as heat, electrical stimulation and ultrasound that can ease back pain. But strengthening muscles and improving flexibility through active rehabilitation may also help patients relieve pain without surgery or long-term medication.
Dr. Samuel Bierner, a physical medicine and rehabilitation specialist at UT Southwestern Medical Center, says home exercise programs, exercise at a gym or physical therapy can help patients function better without surgery. Therapy programs usually focus on aerobic conditioning, strengthening back muscles to stabilize the spine, and stretching the back. Exercise may be used along with other treatments and is important for long-term back health.
Next: When surgery might be necessary.
Visit http://www.utsouthwestern.org/rehabilitation to learn more about
UT Southwestern’s clinical services in rehabilitation.
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