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MRSWRATH SparkPoints: (12,114)
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1/22/13 2:34 P

Can you try to swim? I injured my back and my PT only O.K.'d water. because it will help support your weight. But if you are in pain walking or standing i would wait and speak with your Dr first so as not to cause further injury. Good luck

MAGPIE95 SparkPoints: (3,042)
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1/22/13 12:11 P

I too have a herniated disk that had no improvement with a year of physical therapy. The pain will get somewhat better and then flare up again. Because of my age (18) and how long it has been injured (about 18 months) I will be getting surgery soon. I don't know what kind of equipment you have access to or where your herniation/ other problems are, but during a flare up I am usually able to do a little bit of seated exercise. My gym has an arm bike which works well, and sometimes a recumbent bike is doable as well. I would second strengthening your core if/when possible. As my muscles have atrophied, my pain has definitely gotten worse. Good luck, I hope you feel better soon!

DVDIAMOND Posts: 82
1/22/13 11:05 A

I agree that you should consult your specialist or PT for exercising while you are in pain. When you are relatively pain free I would really concentrate on core work which will help your back tremendously.

LAURALEE1978 SparkPoints: (132)
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1/22/13 10:25 A

I have osteoarthritis and a herniated disk. I did PT for over a year and it didnt do much good so my therapist and I mutually decided to stop...I have a new doctor since I just moved but I have yet to be able to get an appointment. A friend of mine just suggested I try www.sittingexercises.com and I am checking that out. Thanks for replying.

DIDS70 Posts: 5,368
1/22/13 10:12 A

No one on this site can really tell you what exercises to do since we don't know your history. It would be best to discuss this with your doctor or PT.

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LAURALEE1978 SparkPoints: (132)
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1/22/13 10:08 A

I have several issues with my back that tend to flair up more then be daily. Right now I am having a SEVERE flair up (as in I am almost unable to walk) and was wondering if anybody could tell me of a good work out or exercise that will not make it worse? Thanks in advance for anything you have to offer!!

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