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Back Pain

Back pain is one of the most common health complaints in the U.S. In fact, eight out of 10 Americans will experience back pain at some point in their lives. Symptoms include muscle ache, shooting or stabbing pain, pain that radiates down your leg and limited flexibility or range of motion of the back. Get tips to manage your pain, and know when to see your health care provider.

December

Fitness & Weight Management
Virtual

This virtual 10-week exercise class is for people with chronic pain conditions. Participants will learn a basic exercise routine and get education about living with chronic pain. The class is hosted by Mayo Clinic Health System Rehabilitation Services staff. Register once and join any session.

Do not participate in this class if you have any of these conditions:

  • Uncontrolled hypertension
  • Uncontrolled diabetes
  • Uncontrolled heart rhythms (arrhythmia)
  • Difficulty breathing
  • New neurologic symptoms that you have not discussed with your physician (e.g. dizziness, blurry vision, change in taste or smell)

If you have any of the above conditions, but your symptoms are controlled well with medication or inhalers and your provider has cleared you to exercise, it is safe for you to participate.

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