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A 25-year-old male asked:

I get lower back pain when i walk and a mid back pain/burning/tingling if i sit without back support. should i go to the gym to strengthen my back muscles, or will it make my issues worse? i am following a diet, and lost a lot of weight recently?

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Dr. Bennett Machanic
Neurology 54 years experience
See your doctor who knows you best and get clearance, as yes, you could make things worse with the wrong exercises. Maybe physical therapy first, and instruction in most appropriate exercises.
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Dr. Martin Schaeffer
Pain Management 33 years experience
Following a healthy diet and keeping your weight at appropriate levels is consistent with good health and can help back pain. There are many conditions, however, which can cause your symptoms and simply going to the gym to strengthen muscles can make some of them worse. You should be evaluated by an appropriately trained health care provider to help determine the specific source(s) of your pains.
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Last updated May 31, 2021


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