Pilates, specifically, can be an outstanding form of exercise in general and in-terms of spinal structure, stability and health. The caveat is that it is great if you have a healthy spinal structure to start with. It is not good if the spine is already structurally compromised and injured.
“Good” pain shows you are pushing your limits. Something that can be deceptive about some physical activity is that we feel great while performing the activity. However, over time, pain and dysfunction develop that we do not mentally connect to this activity because it does not happen at the moment we are doing it.
If spinal problems are addressed early, they are easier to fix (cheaper) because the tissues of the spine are still very health, dynamic and easily changeable. This also safeguards against the development of problems by your child in adulthood.
Lumbar disc injuries and degeneration are a common injury to the low back. These injuries are usually the result of prior minor injuries to the low back that accumulate, distort the structural integrity and lead to degeneration/desiccation/integrity loss to the lumbar discs over time.
Sprain/Strain- Injuries that involve ligaments(sprain) and/or muscles(strain) of the low back. This is an extremely common injury of the low back. Typically, the pain is on one side of the spine or the other(lateralized).