How Core Strength Can Help Your Spine
It’s no secret that a large percentage of Americans suffer from back pain. If you’re reading this, you’re probably one of them! Pain in your lower, middle, or upper back can be debilitating. Thankfully, with the guidance of a physical therapist or orthopedist, you can begin to manage and, in the best-case scenario, even eliminate back pain altogether.
The spine is composed of the spinal cord, extending nerves, small bone, and cartilaginous discs that run from the base of your skull to your pelvis. It functions to protect the spinal cord and support the body’s weight. Any of these structures can cause pain when they are strained or injured.
Injury to the spine can cause nerve compression, muscle inflammation, and more. We can help to prevent spinal injuries by taking measures to strengthen the muscles that support the spine.
What are the Core Muscles?
You might think that only the muscles composing your back are important for supporting the spine, but the abdominal muscles also provide a great deal of stability and strength to the spinal column.
In physical therapy, you’ll receive expert care and a unique treatment plan to address pain in your back. Your physical therapist may demonstrate and prescribe exercises that help strengthen the muscles of your entire core, to include the back and abdominal muscles.
At Cape Fear Orthopedics & Sports Medicine, our goal is to always choose non-invasive methods of pain-relief and treatment whenever possible. Whether you work with a physical therapist, physician assistant, or orthopedist, our providers are well educated and experts in spinal health. Call 910-484-2171 today for more information and to schedule an appointment.