Hi Ronni, I have back troubles too. I had surgery on L4-L5 and L5-S1 and also a vertibroplasty at T12 as I had a stress fracture there. I now have a compression fracture at L3 which they are watching and if it gets bad will have to have surgery again. As far as exercise goes, I enjoy aqua aerobics and am taking a class through the YMCA. It is pretty good and I modify the harder parts of the exercises to accomodate the pain that I have in my back. I have also found that walking around the gym at the YMCA is also good. I usually can only do between 4-6 laps before the pain starts but they have benches to sit on so can rest and start again.
The water exercises are the best because they are low impact.
Hi Ronni, sorry about your back troubles. I also have L5-S1 issues and don't need surgery yet. Sometimes it seems like everyone I have talked to that has had surgery feels good for awhile, then the pain comes back. Is that what happened to you?
The best exercise is if you can find something that does not cause you pain and you enjoy doing. I would have never expected this to be a good workout for me, but since I am so tight in the lower back and hips, Bollywood Dance Workout and Bollywood Booty Workout are really helpful for me. I just modify it where I have to, and skip parts that are too hard on my back.
Hi - there are exercises that you can do, but make sure that you are cleared by your Surgeon or Dr first. Perhaps asking for a referral to a Physiotherapist might be appropriate.
The swimming exercise is excellent and actually strengthens all of your body, including your lungs.
Can you do ANY walking. I get my walking exercise in at home - not on a treadmill, but putting my groceries and laundry away one at a time. That way I can stop when I start to ache or get really tired, and the beauty is I don't have to walk home because I am already there. Being in the house too, it is "softer" ground than pavement walking so it doesn't jolt and jar the spine in the process. There are also chair exercises that you can do. You can exercise your arms etc. There are even gentle bed exercises. Even just 5-10 minutes at a time is far better than none.
Since September 2009 I have had two back surgeries (hurinated disc L5-S1)Since then I have gained weight and know that it is because of my back pain. This leaves me limited to the exercise I can do. I do take my son swimming and strengthen my lower body that way. Even walking will give me pain in my lower back and right leg. Any suggestions on good exercises with my condition? Thanks
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