Ask The Doctors – November 2023

Strengthening core muscles...Crepitus


Q. I’m 68 years old and I have back pain. I don’t know what’s causing it, but I’ve heard it can help to strengthen my core muscles. Is this true?


Back pain is very common, and there are several possible causes, such as spinal stenosis, degenerated disks, osteoarthritis and herniated disks. Back strains and sprains (injury to muscles, tendons or ligaments) are the most common causes of back pain. If you haven’t been to a doctor, you should start by getting an evaluation to look for the cause. Regardless of what’s causing your back pain, treatment almost always includes exercise.

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