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10/19/11 1:26 P

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Since we don't really know the degree of pain you are experiencing or what your original health problems were it's difficult to give advice. Of course, that won't stop me.... emoticon

If the pain is mild I agree with the core strengthening approach. Often low back pain is related to posture so working on walking erect (no slouching) and learning to get your back in proper alignment while you walk should help unless there is a pathologic reason for your pain.

You might consider yoga. It has certainly help me with my low back pain.

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10/16/11 10:34 A

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Because there are so many things that can affect the back muscles, it is really best to be evaluated by an MD or DO, so the source can be determined. Once that has been done, then you and your doctor can plan a course of attack.

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10/10/11 9:55 P

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It's great to hear the PT helped, and you are back on the trails! Core strength is so important to good health....good for you!

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10/10/11 12:54 P

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Good advice Kayotic. I was unable to hike all summer because of stiffness and pain in my hip. It turned out I had a locked SI joint. Through physical therapy, core and back strengthening exercises over the last month, I did my first hike this past weekend. It was so good to get back on the trails!

Make sure you stretch before /after and stay mindful of your core.

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10/3/11 9:11 P

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low back issues are tricky, have you asked your doctor about it?

what kind of pack do you use, is it adjusted correctly? you may also want to do some core work to stabilize your back muscles, but don't do anything that causes pain. www.sparkpeople.com/resource/fitness
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you may want to check this out too.

Good luck!

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10/3/11 3:01 P

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I've been struggling with a few health issues lately. Unfortunately, this has impacted my ability to stay active.

Recently, I've resumed walking and hiking! Yippee!!! But I noticed that even on a short walk, I find the small of my back tightening up. I don't think I've too much too soon, but I suppose it's possible!?!?!

I was wondering if anybody knows

A) What could cause this, and
B) How to prevent this issue from happening in the future?

Thanks,

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