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Modifying Exercise Around Pain

Contributed by Andrew Lantz, PT, DPT, OCS, CSCS, CMTPT

Credit ERSON RELIGIOSO III, DPT, FAAOMPT and Dr. Cameron Faller, PT, DPT, CSCS

“Strength training and loaded exercises have been known to improve resilience and tolerance to the many tissues in our body. When an exercise becomes painful, an individual’s intuitions might say to avoid the exercise because it is dangerous.”

- Erson Religioso III, DPT, FAAOMPT

Use these 5 strategies to reduce pain during exercise and when you are pain free, gradually return to what you were doing before pain onset.

  1. Reduce the weight.

  2. Reduce the number of repetitions.

  3. Modify your range of motion without changing weight or repetitions.

  4. Modify your posture or position of certain body parts.

  5. Break your dynamic movements down into a preparatory stretch or movement prior to starting the exercise.

Sometimes pain cannot be avoided on the road to recovery; however, with the use of these strategies, pain can be reduced in order to return to important exercises.


Check out the full article here for more information.


If you have any questions about these exercises or what you should be doing during your recovery set up an appointment with on of our physical therapists today!

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