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Exercising with Lower Back Pain

Increase Strength & Flexibility to Decrease Pain

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  • AUNTIEDAVE
    Very interesting article. I have had back surgery twice. Had a herniated disk. Had surgery and . . . it came back. Had surgery again and have had minimal problems since then. If I sit for too long or in the wrong type of chair it takes me a bit of time to be able to totally stand up straight. Also, cannot lift anything heavy. Would love to learn mover aobut the inversion board.
  • As someone with skeletal problems (extra disc that isn't shut all the way, as well as degenerative disc disease), I highly recommend that everyone check with a doctor FIRST. Many people don't even know that they have structural problems, and treat their back pain as muscle weakness without ever seeing a doctor.

    Please - if it hurts, see a doctor. They may very well give you these exercises to follow (mine did), but you need to know when to ease off and go with ice or heat, rather than more exercise.
  • Thank you very much for this very useful article. I've been trying to get out walking to start a new fitness regime, and the back pain is nearly inhibiting me from doing it. I will be using these exercises, you bet!
  • I've had lower back pain for a while now. X-rays show that the bottom disk, which is fused to my hop bone, is tilted and twisted. It never came up as a problem before since I was a swimmer from age 5 on. The doctor said that the because of the swimming, my back was straight above the bottom 6" or so. The athletics also kept the muscles around the problem area strong so I had no pain. Now I'm older and the pain is getting worse. I'll have some relief once I loose weight and re-strengthen my core.

    Two things help me IMMENSLEY (not including the Advil):
    1) my gravity inversion bench - its a Yukon (http://www.zearth.com/Yukon_Fitness___TBS
    _212___Total_Back_System_Inversion_Hyp
    erextension_Bench___Black___Gray___Fol
    ding-P3336.aspx);
    2) my Yoga Zione DVD - Yoga for a Strong and Healthy Back.
    I'd be lost without them.
  • I have lower back pain too but it's suspiciously close to the spot where I had my epidural when giving birth to both my kids.. Talked to the OB about it and he said it probably would never go away, but if it worsen to go back to him and whatnot..

    It never did worsen but it never did go away either so I will definitely try the stretching and all and see if it eases up some.

    Great article ! :)
  • Good Article...Gave me some good tips to use! Thank You!
  • Good Article...Gave me some good tips to use! Thank You!
  • Great article I have tried some od these and I guess the key is not to over do it. It does help, that is if they are done right or it will do more harm than good, So take it easy and give it a try.
  • This is a great article. I have deg. joint disease with some compression involving the L4-5 area and SI Joint. Am under a surgeoun and pain management doctor's care and doing Physical theray 3x a week. The excersises here of some of the same that I do in PT, I'm just starting over again after having an injection that only worked for about a week. I also get the stimulater (TENS) and ultrasound massage). It is helping! I am also losing weight thanks to sparkpoints. Yea!!!
  • LUVZABQ
    I REALLY LOVE THIS ARTICLE. THANK YOU!
  • I think these exercises are a good start. Some of these were recommended by my physical therapist and they help a lot.
  • Exercise is absolutely great for the back but be ever so cautious. I had a herniated disk and my MRI showed a deterioration of the lowest disk next the the siatic nerve. I was put on an exercise plan which led to a hospital stay in traction. The one exercise I will not ever do again is lay on your back and lift your legs, great for the stomach total bad for the lower back.
  • Exercise is absolutely great for the back but be ever so cautious. I had a herniated disk and my MRI showed a deterioration of the lowest disk next the the siatic nerve. I was put on an exercise plan which led to a hospital stay in traction. The one exercise I will not ever do again is lay on your back and lift your legs, great for the stomach total bad for the lower back.
  • FiggyKitty,

    You are an inspiration. I have always had back weakness and recently hurt it again, but this time something was way different - I could tell by the lasting pain. Well, an MRI confirmed it, I have 4 disc herniations and 2 disc bulges. Thankfully, the pain is finally easing off and I can sit and stand longer these days, although, not as much as I used to be able to do. I stopped exercising and have gained 15 pounds. I was letting my fear of the pain and re-injuring my back keep me from exercising. I gotta get back up and start from scratch. Thanks so much for sharing and bringing it home that I can get back to where I was (or at least back to the road I was on) before.

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