If you have back pain or are recovering from surgery, physical therapy can help strengthen the muscles in your back to help relieve back pain or regain motion. A physical therapist will custom-tailor exercises to your particular condition.
Recent research shows that exercises designed to strengthen back muscles may be useful even if you don’t have back pain yet. In a recent study of 50 women between the ages of 58 and 75, those who performed back-strengthening exercises suffered fewer painful fractures of the vertebrae than women who didn’t do the exercises.
(Source: Arthritis Today November-December 2002. p. 57)