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A 53-year-old female asked:

Should stretching and strengthening exercises be done when there's still pain caused by a ligament problem at the lower back?

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Dr. Kenith Paresa
Specializes in Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation
It depends: It depends on a few factors. You need to know whether the trend of your pain is getting better or worse, whether stretching alleviates or worsens the pain, and whether strengthening alleviates or worsens the pain. The exercise program chosen and monitored should be individualized to your specific needs during each phase of your injury. See a spine doc if it still persists for a few weeks.

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