Back pain and spinal injuries can be traumatic, leaving you unable to work or even sit up straight sometimes. While it has been estimated that up to 80 percent of people will experience a back problem, exercise has been found to help prevent back issues from cropping up. Dr. Mark Kabins, board certified in both orthopaedic surgery and spine surgery, recommends some simple exercises to protect your spine.
Crunches: Abdominal muscles are considered part of the core, and core strength is an important factor in spinal support.
Wall Squats: Supporting your back against the wall while doing a squat forces your spine to stay in a straighter, healthier position. Bending too much can lead to strain in the lower back.
Low-Impact Aerobics: Walking and stationary biking are easier on the back than exercises that involve a lot of jumping around and bending. Regular aerobic activity can decrease stiffness while helping the individual lose weight, leading to overall better health.
Dr. Mark Kabins is a surgeon who treats a variety of spine conditions at Las Vegas Neurosurgery, Orthopaedics, and Rehabilitation.