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Are People With Chronic Lower Back Pain Less Physically Fit?

Posted by Dr. Gray on Tuesday, August 12, 2008

It’s a generally accepted theory that people who have chronic low back pain are less physically fit than people who don’t have low back pain. There are several reasons for this theory. In some people, for instance, the pain may be too great to exercise; other people may be afraid that strenuous activity might lead to an injury, causing even further pain. A recent study has found that while people with chronic low back pain are indeed less physically fit than people who are pain free, the reasons for being less fit aren’t as clear as you might think.

In the study, 108 people with chronic low back pain completed a series of questionnaires and performed a modified cycling test to measure heart rate and oxygen consumption. Results of the tests were then compared to a group of healthy people who were similar in age and activity levels.

Only 84 patients with low back pain were able to complete the cycling test; 86 percent who did complete the test had lower aerobic fitness levels compared to the healthy group. While the authors of the study believed their research provided evidence of a link between low back pain and reduced fitness levels, none of the “usual suspects” associated with the theory, such as fear of injury, pain and low activity levels, seemed to support the link.

If you suffer from low back pain, it doesn’t necessarily mean you will become less physically fit. Talk with your doctor of chiropractic about creating an exercise program that will keep you in shape without injuring your back or causing any undue pain.

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4 Responses to “Are People With Chronic Lower Back Pain Less Physically Fit?”

  1. Its really helpful to see your blog because your guidance in educating people under an impression with Chronic Lower Back Pain are Less Physically Fit is good. Additionally I would like to introduce some revolutionary technical aids like VAX-D, DRX9000 and MED-X that deal with low back, neck and leg problem effectively, quickly and safely through such aids. I hope you would avail this opportunity.

  2. Bilguun said

    Interesting Post!

    Well, it seems that most chiropractic patients started wearing sacroiliac belts (aka SI belt) around their pelvis as it is recommended by most chiropractors across America. By providing the correct balance of resistance and resilience, the sacroiliac belt re-establishes the joint’s normal motion, relieving stress and instability at these weight bearing structures.

    There are many good SI Belts out there, but as far as quality, comfort, and prices are considered – Serola Sacroiliac Belt seems to be the best in the market. I’d say it was well worth my $38 investment when I was in severe back pain, which was caused by a sports injury.

    Visit their website for more info: http://serolabelt.com/new-serola-sacroiliac-belt.aspx.

    Hope this info is helpful to others. Good Luck!

  3. A fantastic read….very literate and informative. Many thanks….where is your RSS button ?

    • Dr. Gray said

      Top right of each page under the heading “Subscribe.” There should be a link immediately below that says “Entries (RSS).” Thanks for reading; I hope you enjoy my other posts, as well.

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