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Got Back Pain? Try Swimming!

From the Show: Staying Well
Summary: Swimming may be one of the best therapies for back pain. Learn how you can ease your pain with this low-impact activity.
Air Date: 6/17/13
Duration: 10
Host: Melanie Cole, MS
Guest Bio: Kenneth K. Hansraj, MD
Dr Ken Kenneth K. Hansraj, MD, is a spinal and orthopedic surgeon specializing in cervical, thoracic and lumbar procedures, bloodless spine surgery, minimally invasive spine surgery, laminectomies and spinal fusions. He believes in whole body wellness, preventative care and that the spine is a principal indicator of general health impacted by "human software and hardware."

He is the author of the book, Keys to an Amazing Life: Secrets of the Cervical Spine, which he was inspired to write based on this concept. Dr. Hansraj is also the author of Bloodless Spine Surgery: Pictures and Explanations. His goal with each of his books is to bring years of accumulated expert medical knowledge to the public at-large in an easy-to-digest format and to help countless individuals with ongoing spinal and health issues. Dr. Hansraj currently practices in Poughkeepsie, New York. He is an attending orthopedic spine surgeon at St. Francis Hospital. He is board-certified by the American Board of Orthopedic Surgery, the American Board of Minimally Invasive Spinal Medicine and Surgery, and the National Board of Medical Examiners.
Got Back Pain? Try Swimming!
Experts have proven that swimming can alleviate back pain. Swimming and other aquatic exercises can strengthen back and core muscles due to the lack of gravity in the water. 

In fact, swimming may just be one of the best therapies for back pain. 

But before you get in the water, you need a little prep. What are the correct strokes, movements and techniques to use in order to maximize pain relief? 

Renowned orthopedic and spinal surgeon, Dr. Kenneth Hansraj, MD, shares a variety of water exercises that help ease back pain, regardless of the cause of the pain. These exercises also work to strengthen and improve overall spinal health.