I broke my back (90 percent dislocation) in a car accident when I was 21. Surgery has corrected the worst of the problems, but my back is still crooked (kyphosis and scoliolis). I have had back pain all my life. A couple of years ago it got so bad that I couldn't feel my right leg. It was because I let myself get out of shape. Because of the crooked spine, it is more important than ever that I exercise, and physical therapists over the years have taught me core strengthening exercises, very similar to those in this article. They work for me. I still take pain medicine, but not nearly as much as I used to. I'm never pain free, but my pain is manageable, and I have all the feeling in my leg!
If you are not sure, see your doctor. But most people can benefit from these exercises. I do my situps differently. I put both fists on my chin and look straight up at the ceiling as I raise my shoulders off the ground. That protects my neck!
- 5/2/2008 8:58:32 AM