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best exercise to lower back pain?

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Dr. Qamar Khan
Pain Management 17 years experience
Core strengthening: Exercises that strengthen the core can be helpful in maintaining integrity and reduce stress on the spine. Typically disc herniations will resolve on their own as soon as 3-6 weeks or as late as 6-9 months. Just depends on how you take care of yourself, exercise, anti-inflammatories, tylenol (acetaminophen) and if you need to lose weight that will help immensely.
Dr. Michael Ostrov
Family Medicine 43 years experience
Swimming : There are many stretches to do on land, but if you have access to a pool or lake, doing whatever swimming strokes you are most comfortable with, is an excellent way to loosen up your back. Just think about stretching your whole body to its full length as you put your arms in the water with each stroke. Don't worry about how far or fast you swim. Even 15 minutes 3+ times a week will help a lot.
Dr. Craig Morton
Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation 18 years experience
See below: A gentle home exercise program that focuses on core strengthening is going to be your best bet. A great resource for this can be found at www.therehabzone.com
Dr. Paul Grin
Pain Management 36 years experience
See Physical Therapy: Most patients with low back pain will benefit by using physical therapy exercise for pain relief. It should be monitored by a physical therapist to ensure follow through and avoid problems.

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What's the best exercise(s) for lower back pain?

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Dr. Kenneth Cheng
Family Medicine 31 years experience
"Superman" exercises: Back injuries should always be checked by your doctor, especially if chronic or if one experiences symptoms down the legs. The superman exercise is ideal for strengthening the back muscles. Lie on your stomach, arms outstretched in front; lift the rt. Arm/shoulder and left leg/hip off the floor for 5 seconds, then repeat on the opposite side, do 12 sets, twice a day. See my back pain healthguide.

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