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MRSWRATH SparkPoints: (10,045)
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3/9/13 11:39 A

I have been working through lower back pull, with a break in my tail bone and pain in my sciatic nerve since Nov.
You need to go to a Dr and then see a PT.
Mine PT has me to core workouts to strength my back, but for the first 5 week all we did was stretches.
I am now cleared by the DR and PT to walk on a treadmill up to a 5 incline ( working up to that in 10 minute interval's) and strength for arms and adding in more core. and water aerobics.
I will say the moment i felt like my back was feeling good, i pushed my workout and was almost back at the starting point.
You need to listen to your body, go slow. It is not a race, you need to do what is best for your body. Best of luck!!

GWEGNER SparkPoints: (4,449)
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3/9/13 6:01 A

I started with PT now I go to the gym on myown. I walk, and do resistant weigh training, it is a slow road as I started slow and with moderate/low exercises.
Now I am up to 2 miles with no back pain! Hurray working on increasing my speed then more miles.
I also said I do weight training to strenghthen my core and upper body. Nothing strenuous just slow to start off with but I am noticing a great change in my lower back = most days low to no pain it is amazing!!!

BLUEJEAN99 Posts: 1,508
3/9/13 12:58 A

i have discs out in my neck and back. pilates and resistance bands have helped me. i agree about the pt advice since everyone is different and needs different things.

ADAPTOR Posts: 1,738
3/8/13 11:05 P

I have had a lower back fracture and repair, as well as a herniated disc in my neck so I know a little about back injuries. I am going to agree with the folks that say get your doctor to get you into a PT. You need to start with core muscle strengthening before you get too far into other weight stuff. The recumbent bike was also big for me. There are some balance exercises and stretch band exercises that will help you. Dont give up, it can feel better.

Edited by: ADAPTOR at: 3/9/2013 (23:49)
TAMMYHALL46 SparkPoints: (1,306)
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3/8/13 10:19 P

I have some lots of back problems. I was flat on my back for months and when I did finally get to the physical Therapy, although I felt like I was finally doing something to help get back on my feet, it didn't help at all. So I joined a gym with my daughter and she started going to water aerobics with me every day. But now I am ready to move on to a little more so I can start losing weight. I can do a spin bike but need something else to keep me looking forward to my workouts. I will say that the trainers at the gym are very helpful and some have even taken time to spend with me alone to get me into new things. That's how I got on the bike. Would have never thought that the bike would not hurt, but it doesn't. And no matter what you do if it hurts stop!!! Pain will only make it Worse, never better.

BRITTX626 SparkPoints: (184)
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1/9/13 11:18 A

I wore a back brace for scoliosis for ten years then got a spinal fusion in 2008. My physical therapist had me do a lot of lifting and weights. I would suggest going to a PT once and tell them you want to know what you should be doing at home/the gym. My insurance was messed up at the time and they were happy to help me out. Good luck!

OBIESMOM2 SparkPoints: (61,851)
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1/8/13 5:10 P

I've not have the back issues you mention, but I have had recurring shoulder problems.

A good physical therapist can change your life! I still do exercises and stretches my PT recommended (and it's been at least 5 years since I had to go to PT)

SPARK_COACH_JEN Posts: 56,469
1/8/13 4:52 P

I agree with Dragonchilde. If your doctor can give you a referral to see a physical therapist, that would be your best bet.

Coach Jen

DRAGONCHILDE SparkPoints: (57,096)
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1/8/13 4:13 P

Have you asked your doctor for a referral to a physical therapist? A PT can design a program that will take your individual limitations under consideration, and perhaps even one that will improve your problems!

GRATTECIELLA SparkPoints: (32,686)
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1/8/13 3:46 P

I don't have any suggestions, but just wanted to say good luck! It is hard to deal with an injury, and I am proud of you for working out and maintaining a healthy lifestyle despite this setback.

Keep on Sparking!

LOVE2MY3 SparkPoints: (11,828)
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1/8/13 3:24 P

Is anyone else dealing with back issues? I have multiple issues in my lower back, (bulging disks, arthritis, SI joint issues, etc), and am having a hard time finding exercises that I can actually do. I have a recumbent bike that I ride daily, and use hand weights frequently, but doing the same thing every day is monotonous! And I have heard that you need to shake up your routine once in a while to keep your body on it's toes. But I have to stick with low impact things, and just don't know what else I can do at home. Suggestions?!?

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