Samuel Bederman, MD, PhD, an orthopedic spine surgeon at St. Joseph Hospital, Orange, offers the following insight and advice for lower back pain due to exercise:
Q: Why is my lower back always sore after I exercise?
A: Various factors can contribute to lower back pain after exercise. Often, the pain can be a result of a back strain or sprain. “A strain occurs when the muscle fibers are twisted, pulled or torn, whereas a sprain occurs when ligaments are overstretched or torn,” explains Dr. Bederman. “As a result, the area around the affected muscles or ligaments can become inflamed and cause pain or discomfort.”
Sports injuries, improper lifting or moving of heavy objects can result in back strains and sprains. Dr. Bederman says that some of the best ways to prevent lower back injuries include:
Practicing good posture
Losing weight if you are overweight
Implementing proper stretches before and after exercising
Strengthening muscles around your low back and your abdominal (core) muscles which serve as vital support for your lower back
Paying close attention to your movements during exercise
“Usually, back pain will subside on its own with the help of medications, such as anti-inflammatories or muscle relaxants, and brief rest with quick return to regular, moderate activities,” he says. “But, if your back pain persists from more than three to four days, you should make an appointment to see an orthopedic specialist.”
If you need a referral to a St. Joseph Hospital orthopedic surgeon, call (877) 459-DOCS (3627).
This information is not intended as a substitute for professional medical care. Always follow your health care professional's instructions.