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Four out of five Americans experience an episode of back pain at some point. Pain and stiffness can make daily activities challenging, but they are not necessarily signs of a serious spine problem that needs medical attention.

How to treat back pain yourself

Most people who experience discomfort can treat back pain themselves with a few simple steps. Using these methods, 95 percent of people get better within three months without medical treatment. Effective self-care methods include:

Exercise programs at Summit

At Summit, we understand the power of prevention. We know that anyone who has experienced an episode of low back pain is 76 percent more likely to have a second episode.  However, with core exercises, we can reduce the risk of back pain recurrence to less than 30 percent. Our simple weekly exercise programs are designed to prevent a single episode of pain from becoming a recurring medical problem.

Learn more about Summit’s weekly exercise programs.

If your pain does not improve over time, or is accompanied by other symptoms that concern you, our spine team is here to evaluate you, develop a treatment plan tailored to your symptoms, and get you back on the road to recovery.

The following resources may be helpful as you treat your back or spine pain:

Summit Orthopedics offers comprehensive spine expertise

Summit’s spine care team is recognized by the National Committee for Quality Assurance for the comprehensive expertise of our patient-centered care. Our back specialists diagnose spine problems and design custom treatment plans built on a conservative, nonsurgical approach. Most patients find relief through treatments including guided injections, specialized physical therapy, biofeedback, exercise, activity modification, and medication. When conservative care does not relieve symptoms, our highly skilled surgeons offer proven, evidence-based surgical options. Together with you, we will determine the right course of action.

Start your journey to a healthy spine. Find your spine expert, request an appointment online, or call us at (651) 968–5201 to schedule a spine consultation.

Summit has convenient locations across the Minneapolis-St. Paul metro area, serving Minnesota and western Wisconsin. We have state-of-the-art centers for comprehensive orthopedic care in Eagan, MNVadnais Heights, MN, and Woodbury, MN, as well as additional community clinics throughout the metro and southern Minnesota.

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