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What are some good exercises to help with back pain?

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Dr. Michael Sparacino
Family Medicine 37 years experience
Pool exercises: In a warm swimming pool, you are essentially weightless. Therefore, less stress on your back.

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A 40-year-old member asked:

What exercises help if I have back pain?

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Dr. Jay Rosenfeld
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Good question: There are many exercises that focus on the lower back. Despite their differences, there has never been definitive proof that one form of exercise works better than another. Also, there is evidence that the more physically fit you are the less likely it is that you will have chronic back pain. I cannot give you specific instructions, but a specialist in this area can help you.
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Are lower back hyperextension exercises good to avoid back pain?

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Dr. Richard Rosenthal
Pain Management 36 years experience
Yes: Over time, gravity tends to pull us into a flexed position. Extension exercises counter this effect and help keep the spine neutral. Twisting exercises also help keep the spine limber and lubricated.
A 43-year-old member asked:

Do hamstring stretch exercises help back pain?

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Frequently: The hamstring muscles insert directly on the bottom of the pelvis called the ischial tuberosities. The degree of hamstring tightness directly influences the curve of the lower lumbar spine. Tight hamstrings flatten out the normal curvature which tends to cause poor weight bearing characteristics in the lumbar spine. Stretching the hamstrings is an important part of back exercises.
A 31-year-old member asked:

What kinds of exercises help reduce back pain?

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Dr. Richard Ramos
Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation 25 years experience
Depends: Many studies have tried to examine which exercises are the best for someone's back pain. The most important thing to do is to concentrate on stretching and strengthening exercises. Weght training has benefits for patients of any age. Just make sure that you work with a trainer first so you use the equipment correctly and safely.
A 48-year-old member asked:

What are some recommended exercises to help with back pain between the shoulder blades?

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Dr. Samir Lapsiwala
Neurosurgery 23 years experience
Neck exercises: Most commonly pain between shoulder blades is as a result of cervical degeneration and loss of normal alignment. So exercise needs to include building up neck muscles and squeezing shoulder blades squeezing together and holding together for three seconds.

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