How to Return to Exercising After a Back Injury
People who exercise regularly often struggle with taking it easy when they experience an injury. And it’s even harder to ease back into exercising as opposed to jumping right back in where you left off. Minor injuries may be able to be pushed through, but a back injury of any severity should be taken seriously. For back pain that’s prolonged over the course of a couple of weeks, visiting an orthopedic and spine center may be recommended. If you’ve suffered a back injury that’s sidelined you for any length of time, here are some tips for returning to your routine safely.
Start Slowly And Gradually Increase Intensity
If your injury caused you to completely halt any strenuous activity for a certain period of time, then you can’t just pick up where you left off with your exercise routine. Chances are you’ll injure yourself even more if you try it. Instead, start slowly by doing some lower back stretches to get your blood flowing and to warm up the muscles. Incorporate low intensity exercises like walking or jogging instead of running, and always focus on your form. As you feel like your lower back stretches are loosening up the muscles, you can slowly increase the intensity of your exercises.
Learn From Your Mistakes
Whether you had to visit an orthopedic and spine center or not, it’s important to understand why you sustained your injury to begin with so you can prevent it from happening again. It could be something as simple as an improper running technique or bending with the back more than the legs. Your medical professional may suggest certain exercises to incorporate to help strengthen specific areas of your body. For example, your back injury may have been caused by tight hamstring muscles in the back of your leg. So be sure to focus on moderation and proper stretching before returning to your regular routine to prevent the injury from happening again. Just be sure not to overdo it.
Pay Attention To Your Body And Seek Medical Advice If Needed
Any time you are returning from an injury, you need to pay close attention to your body. It’s hard to predict how the body will react, so be conscious of even the slightest amount of discomfort. Your spine health is nothing to take to chance. What may feel like just a little tweak that you can work through could actually be a sign of a larger problem needing to be addressed right away.
DBC Active Spine Care® believes exercise and activity are key components of good spine health. However, if you’re already dealing with a back injury, there are some precautions that need to be taken. With our revolutionary spine adaptive functional restoration program, we help our patients get back to their exercising routines quicker and stronger than ever before. To learn more about our program and how it can benefit you, feel free to contact us at any time.