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Balancing Life and Low Back Pain

Low back pain is common and can result from overuse, muscle strain or injury. It is one of the leading causes of job-related disability and missed work in the United States and is considered chronic when it lasts for more than 12 weeks. One study suggests that trunk balance exercises are especially important for treating low back pain.
In 2011, researchers compared two groups of people with chronic low back pain. Both groups performed flexibility exercises. One group added balance exercises, while the other added strengthening exercises. The exercises were performed twice a week for five weeks. Outcomes measured were pain intensity, disability assessments and quality-of-life measurements. The group that added balance exercises to flexibility exercises had the highest scores for quality of life. They also experienced less disability, although there was no difference in pain scores.
Balance exercises that use the hands and knees are some of the most effective. Through many kinds of movement and activities, they exercise the core muscles important for a stable spine.
We will use a combination of exercises to ensure that you get the best result. We may focus on beneficial balance exercises while including aerobic exercises for heart conditioning and strong recovery; strengthening exercises for stronger back, leg and stomach muscles; and stretching exercises to enhance flexibility and reduce stiffness.

We can also teach you numerous ways to reduce lower back pain through:

  • Ÿ  lifestyle adjustments that help you stay active


  • Ÿ  suggestions to reduce your risk of disability from back pain


  • Ÿ  avoidance of positions and activities that increase pain


  • Ÿ  use of ice and pain relievers


  • Ÿ  strategies to prevent further injury to your back

Balance training can be a valuable addition in the treatment of your low back pain, especially when used as part of a multidisciplinary treatment plan.
 Apex Orthopedic Rehabilitation located in the Gabriel Realty Building at One East Ridgewood Avenue in Wyckoff, NJ provides orthopedic and sports physical therapy services for the greater Ridgewood, Wyckoff, Oradell, River Edge, Westwood, Ho-ho-kus and Bergen County region.  This blog is intended for informational purposes only and should not be used for diagnostic or prescriptive purposes. The views expressed here are the author’s views and should be taken as suggestions. Always consult your physician or healthcare practitioner before engaging in a orthopedic, cardiovascular or sports physical therapy rehabilitation program.

Tom Willemann

Tom Willemann

Tom Willemann is a premier physical therapist based out of Bergen County, New Jersey. He holds an MS in physical therapy from the University of Miami, is credentialed in the world-renowned McKenzie Method of Mechanical Diagnosis and Therapy (MDT), and holds an OCS (Orthopedic Clinical Specialist) certification. As of 2018, there are approximately 14,000 ABPTS certified specialists in the nation and less than 400 of them are located in the state of New Jersey. Tom is the owner and director of Apex Orthopedic Rehabilitation in Paramus. He opened the clinic, which specializes in spine and sports injury prevention, in 2004 after many years of experience in the field. Tom’s caring interest in others and his strong belief in continuity of care, combined with his clinic’s ability to find solutions for the most difficult orthopedic problems, have earned Apex Orthopedic Rehabilitation its excellent reputation with patients and medical professionals in northeastern New Jersey and beyond. A true “family man,” Tom takes pride in his clinic’s warm and welcoming environment.
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