ExerciseOne of the simplest ways to reduce back pain related to a work injury is through exercise. Regular exercise has a number of benefits and is an excellent alternative to more invasive surgical options. Here are a few of the benefits of choosing exercise as a pain relief option:

  • No Risk. Exercise is generally considered the first option for pain relief because it carries virtually no risk. Because the human body is naturally designed for exercise and movement, there is no inherent danger in stretching and moving within your body’s limitations. All other treatment options, including medication and surgery, pose some level of complication.
  • Natural. Exercise is natural and therefore a better alternative than medicine. While all medications prescribed by a doctor are approved by the FDA, they still contain substances foreign to the human body and should be approached with caution.
  • Minimal Recovery. While you may experience soreness or tenderness after exercising, the recovery time is much less than that of a surgical alternative.
  • Stress Relief. Chronic back pain can be very stressful and frustrating, and it is common for people to suffer from depression or mood swings. Exercise provides an outlet for stress relief.

If you suffer from back pain related to a work injury, speak with a medical specialist to determine if exercise could improve your symptoms.