Working Out and Sore Back Muscles—Is It Okay?

Working Out and Sore Back Muscles—Is It Okay?

You’ve heard the saying, “No pain, no gain.” But is it really true? If you’re in pain, shouldn’t you just lie low?

The truth is probably somewhere in between those two ideas.

Exercise is absolutely good for you, and in fact, moving is usually better than lying in bed for most low back pain. But you need to go about your workouts sensibly.

The best way to do that is to start slowly and gradually build up the length and intensity of your workouts. You want to build your body up, not injure it. A good way to start is by simply walking, starting with as little as 5-10 minutes a day and gradually adding time and distance.

If you’ve been inactive, when you first start working out, you may have some achy muscles, especially if you’re doing a lot more than you’re used to. But you shouldn’t be in intense pain. If you are, you’re doing something wrong or you’re doing too much too soon.

If your back is bothering you after a workout, take a day off or consider switching to a different type of exercise until you feel better. For instance, go swimming instead of weight lifting or do gentle stretches instead of playing tennis. 

Yoga is another good option because many yoga poses help build the core muscles that support your back. Just be sure you work within your own comfort level.

Lifting weights can also be good for building the muscles that support the back. Just take care to use good technique and take a day off between weight-lifting workouts to give your muscles time to recover and grow stronger.

Working with a personal trainer or a physical therapist can help you ensure that, whatever exercise you choose, you’re using good technique and building up the muscles you need to keep back pain at bay.

If you feel burning pain, tingling, numbness, or weakness, or if you find that you’re unable to do any type of exercise without back pain, it’s time to see a doctor. Many treatment options are available to help get you moving again, from steroid injections to stem cell therapy to physical therapy.

If you’re suffering with back pain or other pain symptoms, please reach out to us at Southwest Spine and Pain Center.

With multiple locations across the state of Utah, the pain management specialists at Southwest Spine and Pain Center are dedicated to helping those who suffer from chronic pain live the life they want to. To schedule an appointment, visit our locations tab.

Southwest Spine & Pain Centers is the leading spine and pain management group in Utah. The physicians of this multi-location practice are dedicated to treating chronic pain and spine conditions using leading minimally invasive techniques and procedures. For more information, or to schedule an appointment click here, or call 435-656-2424.