Before doing any more exercises, II would be pushing your Dr for further investigations. I have arthritis of the spine and scoliosis. Both were diagnosed after investigations including x-rays, for significant back and hip pain. It really DOES pay to know exactly what it is, because one exercise that might be marvelous for the arthritis, isn't necessarily so crash hot for the scoliosis. Either/or (conditions) has also often triggered sciatica pain.
As far as bike riding is concerned, it works well for a lot of people, but considerably aggravated my condition. I guess it is a case of if it aggravates it, then find something else. I get the bulk of my walks inside my own home, on the carpet. I put my groceries and laundry away one at a time. The beauty of this is when/if fatigue and/or pain sets in, I can sit without having to walk back home first. Also, it is even ground, and on carpet flooring so it takes a lot of the jolting and jarring out of the exercise. Make sure that you take a good look at your shoes, too! A lot of people don't wear good footwear and this can cause significant back and hip pain. Make sure that your shoes fit properly (sounds silly but a lot of people don't wear a correct fit) and that it has good arch supports. I found that changing shoes improved the pain somewhat. It might be that if there is a specialty sports shoe store around you they will be able to fit you according to computerized results of your gait, etc.
Re exercises, there are some great chair, upper body exercises that you should be able to do. I will point out, too, that I don't do anywhere near the amount of exercise that is normally recommended, because of my health issues, but it hasn't stopped me from losing a considerable amount of weight. Most of it comes down to nutrition.
Edited by: SLIMMERKIWI at: 10/23/2013 (05:38)
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