Should I Work Out If I Have Lower Back Pain?

It’s best to stop or take it slow if you feel pain in your lower back (even if it’s just numbness, tingling or weakness). After all, you might injure yourself, make the pain worse and stop you from exercising for weeks and months.

Should I work out if I have lower back pain

Indeed working out and pushing yourself will make you stronger. However, pushing yourself too much can result to injuries and weakness. For example, if you injure your back this can take months of recovery and during that time you won’t be able to do your usual workout routines. Even with a positive attitude, your body can only endure up to a certain point.

Listening to our bodies can save us from injuries and health problems. Our bodies actually give us early warning signals when there’s something wrong. We only fail to notice those signals because we’re busy, we believe we can handle it or we got good at ignoring the pain and discomfort because of our busyness and responsibilities. And yes for most of us it’s just a mild pain that comes and goes (“perhaps later or tomorrow it will go away”).

Well, things can actually get worse, especially if the pain is caused by a broken bone or a torn ligament (other causes are muscle sprain, a ruptured or herniated disc, irritation of spinal nerves, injury to the small joints between the vertebrae and arthritis). The pain can get extreme and it can stop you from lifting heavy objects, interrupt your sleep (or even make sleep on some nights impossible) and prevent you from doing your job or hobby.

What should you do then? The first step is to consult a doctor or visit a physiotherapy practice (e.g. you can consult us here at Wellers Hill and Woolloongabba Physiotherapy). After a thorough assessment and accurate and clear diagnosis, a tailored treatment will be designed for you according to your specific condition, requirements and lifestyle.

For example, the treatment can be a combination of massage and soft tissue release, dry needling and acupuncture, taping for additional support or restrict movement during recovery and postural correction to aid in recovery and reduce strain. Advice on exercise progression will also be given so that you can get back to your active lifestyle as soon as possible. The goal here is to bring back your normal mobility as well as prevent future occurrences.

Back pain may feel like it’s not serious yet. But a single awkward movement or sudden heavy lifting can make your back endure tremendous forces. Injury is the likely result and the treatment can be costly and time consuming. What’s recommended is to stop, slow down and listen to your body. It’s also recommended to get it looked at by a professional so that you’ll immediately know the real problem and you can get back to your workout routines as soon as possible. This way you’ll gain peace of mind (and fall asleep more easily) because you already know what’s wrong and what to do to solve it.