According to experts, low back pain is the leading cause of disability worldwide, and it is estimated that 80% of people will experience back pain at some point in their lives. Surgery and spinal injections are typically considered as a last resort treatment option for low back pain. They may be helpful for specific conditions such as a herniated disc or spinal stenosis but the effectiveness varies from person to person.
Exercise is considered to be an effective method for reducing low back pain. Regular physical activity can help strengthen the muscles in the back and increase flexibility, which can reduce the risk of back pain. Exercise can also help improve overall fitness and reduce the risk of other health conditions such as obesity and diabetes, which can contribute to back pain. A combination of strengthening, stretching, and aerobic exercises is often recommended to help alleviate low back pain. It’s important to consult with a healthcare professional before starting any new exercise program, especially if you have chronic low back pain, as certain types of exercise may be contraindicated and a professional can recommend specific exercises that may be beneficial for your condition.
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