Dr. Vijay Vad of the Hospital for Special Surgery in New York City explains:

Strengthening the Core

“8 to 10 Americans have had back pain at some point in their lives. Many are due to inactivity. But the good news is, only 5% require surgery. Prevention is key; strengthening, gaining flexibility and endurance in the core muscle groups. In his book, Back Rx, Dr. Vijay Vad recommends various exercises to improve back function and prevent injury. The exercises incorporate elements from Physical Therapy, yoga, and Pilates”.