A member asked:

Is running bad if i have chronic back injury/pain?

6 doctors weighed in across 2 answers
Dr. Michael Bolesta answered

Specializes in Orthopedic Surgery

There is not a right or wrong answer. Many people feel better if they get regular aerobic exercise (heart rate pushed up above 100 beats per minute), at least 30 minutes three times a week. If running aggravates your back (or knees or ankles, etc), try another aerobic exercise: swimming, water aerobics, cycling (outside or on a stationary bicycle), and other exercises. Find something practical.

Answered Dec 31, 2014


Dr. Thomas Dowling answered

Specializes in Orthopedic Spine Surgery

Aggravates your symptoms then you may want to cross train and work on core strength prior to trying to return to running. Exercise, in general, is usually beneficial for back health.

Answered Mar 18, 2019



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