Gary from Alberta asks: I have very frequent lower back pain.  What can I do to stop the pain that ends up as acute muscle spasms and immobilizes me??

Mechanical back pain is a very common problem, affecting most adults at some point in their lives.  Unfortunately, for some, this pain can become chronic and difficult to manage.  Aside from medications, a proper rehabilitation program is essential in the treatment of back pain.  Physiotherapy – where a person learns exercises for range of motion, stretching, and strengthening of back muscles – can have real impact over time.  It is a pro-active approach, hopefully lessening or eliminating flares of pain in the future.  It only works if patients are persistent with it, putting the time in at home on a regular basis with the exercises they were taught by their rehab specialist.

Posted: January 24, 2015


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