The experts at the USC Spine Center have your back.

Lower back pain can be nagging, constant and sharp – and it can worsen slowly. Approximately 80 percent of the U.S. population will suffer from a serious episode of debilitating back pain. Unfortunately, many people will also develop back pain as they enter their 30’s and 40’s.

Causes of lower back pain include poor physical fitness and being overweight. A job that requires you to lift heavy objects or sit all day is also not ideal for your spine health. But strengthening your core can make a huge difference and help you become pain-free.

Your abs are the front anchor for your spine, and if those muscles aren’t in the best shape, your spine and back muscles are forced to work harder. Boosting core strength can help alleviate pain and the need to rely on pain medications.

The following exercises are a great start:

1. Elbow planks
2. Abdominal crunches
3. Push-ups

Be sure to check proper technique from a doctor or physical therapist to ensure you aren’t further injuring your back. It’s important to note that you should not try to use exercise to combat acute pain.

The experts at the USC Spine Center can help identify what might be causing your lower back pain and help you develop a routine that can get your spine back on track.

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