Take Care

Summer’s here and it’s time to get your back in shape to safely head outdoors and get some exercise. Dr. Blake Staub, a neurosurgeon at Medical City Spine Hospital, shares his advice about strengthening your back to help prevent long-term injuries.

Dr. Staub suggests you start by getting a good stretch and making sure that your hamstrings and back are loose. Then you’ll want to strengthen your back and core. Here are a few of Dr. Staub’s tips:

  • Do a plank exercise – strengthens your abdominal muscles without extending your back
  • Walk – decreases inflammation and strengthens spine
  • Swim – unloads on your joints and exercises your core
  • Avoid red meat, sugar and alcohol – helps reduce inflammation in your joints

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At Medical City Healthcare, we’re dedicated to the care and improvement of human life. So we hope you’ll Take Care!

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