If you’re suffering from lower back pain, the last thing that might be on your mind is going to the gym. You may also have trouble completing everyday activities such as dressing and driving to work. At the Colorado Spine Institute (CSI) in Loveland, we want to help people overcome their chronic pain, and we will thoroughly examine and diagnose each patient’s condition so they can have the best chance for recovery. In this blog, we’ll look at exercise and activity, the differences between them, and how you can find balance when you have pain.

Daily Activities

Everyone completes some form of daily activity, whether it’s taking the dog for a walk or strolling through their office complex. They’re using their bodies to get from one place to another, or using them to complete some type of task. A person may consider walking up the stairs instead of taking the elevator as a form of “exercise” and while there is some physical exertion, it may not take the place of a daily workout. If you’re dealing with chronic back pain, you may avoid the stairs as well as the gym, and that’s when it’s important to speak with a doctor.

Daily Exercise

You might be the type of person who hits the gym every day or every other day, and you may have a certain fitness goal in mind when doing so. Exercise is often the repetitive motion of lifting weights, riding a stationary bike, or anything else that’s targeting a certain group of muscles. You may be trying to strengthen your core or build up your biceps, but you definitely have a certain goal in mind. As with activity, it can be difficult to keep up with your exercise routine if you have back pain, and if you’re unable to exercise, it’s important to seek treatment.

Balancing Both

If you notice that your back pain is worse when you’re walking the sales floor, you might consider the type of shoes you’re wearing or how your feet hit the floor when you take a step. If pain flares up when you’re lifting weights, you may want to look at your form or consider how much weight you’re using. Our team can help you understand if it’s an activity or form of exercise that’s aggravating your pain, as well as what possibly led to your pain in the first place. You may need to change the way you sit at your desk, how often you walk around the store, or how you exercise. Cutting out one activity or one type of exercise could help with your back pain.

If you’re unable to get dressed in the morning without pain, or you’re finding it difficult to finish that last mile on the bike, make an appointment with CSI in Loveland today. We’ll look at your spine to see if there are any problems such as a herniated or fractured disc, and once we’ve pinpointed the issue, we’ll recommend the appropriate treatment.

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