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Swimming to Ease Back Pain

Lindsey Smith

Swimming is one of the most common sports to ease back pain; however, some strokes may be better than others. It is a good idea to work with a coach or trainer if you are recently diagnosed. It may also be a good idea to start with the breaststroke, because the butterfly and freestyle strokes involve more trunk rotation. The backstroke is another good option, said Dr. Rodeo, who is co-chief of the sports medicine and shoulder service at the Hospital for Special Surgery in New York.

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