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Doctor insights on: Best Back Exercises For Posture

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What are good lower back exercises?

What are good lower back exercises?

Hard to say: Without knowing more about yourself. The best thing for your back, is to first make sure your weight is optimized. If you are overweight that places undue stress on your back. Then, exercise wise, consider exercises that strengthen your core, as a healthy back requires balanced muscular responses from your back and abdominal muscles. ...Read more

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Posture is the position of your body, or ...Read more


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Can my back exercises have caused a pinched nerve?

Can my back exercises have caused a pinched nerve?

Its possible: I would suggest seeing a pain/spine specialist to evaluate you further to evaluate what level and what can be done to treat you. There are interventional treatments besides medications and surgeries that might reduce or eliminate the pain altogether. ...Read more

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What are good neck exercises and back exercises?

What are good neck exercises and back exercises?

See below: The best exercises for low back are gentle core strengthening exercises. A great program for this can be found at www.therehabzone.com ...Read more

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Is it okay for me to do back exercises during a vipassana meditation course?

Is it okay for me to do back exercises during a vipassana meditation course?

Mindful Yoga?: I don't know the specific back problem you have, or what type of back exercises you're considering. The vipassana retreat i just attended included some gentle, mindful yoga -- and people were of course free to amend postures according to any physical limitations they had (like back pain, etc). Please ask your doctor about any specific limitations s/he feels you need to observe with exercise. ...Read more

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Can an adult, with postural kyphosis, back return to normal shape? Do posture exercises all the time.

Can an adult, with postural kyphosis, back return to normal shape? Do posture exercises all the time.

Most likely no.: When it comes to spinal deformities like kyphosis and scoliosis, the spine usually does not return to a "normal" shape with exercise/bracing/chiropractic manipulation. While these treatment methods may help a deformity like kyphosis from getting worse, surgery is typically required in order to correct it. ...Read more

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How can I prevent the barbell from slipping out of my hand while doing back exercises?

How can I prevent the barbell from slipping out of my hand while doing back exercises?

Gloves: Hand grip may be fatiguing if weight too heavy, also I use weight lifting gloves to improve grip and absorb sweat. Also they protect hands. Good luck. ...Read more

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Hi, i have shoulder pain when I turn my arm external rotation whilst is raised. Started after doing weighed dips. No pain while doing back exercises.

Hi, i have shoulder pain when I turn my arm external rotation whilst is raised. Started after doing weighed dips. No pain while doing back exercises.

Ac impingement: Sounds like you may have some impingement of the AC joint on your rotator cuff. I'd avoid overhead activities and see your ortho if it doesn't start to improve soon. ...Read more

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Routine back exercises, disectomy on l4/l5. No help. I have had 13 spinal injections since 05/11. Will too many injections harm me? Only thing working

Routine back exercises, disectomy on l4/l5. No help. I have had 13 spinal injections since 05/11. Will too many injections harm me? Only thing working

Depends: There's many different type of injections and different type injection could use different mixture of medication. I believe your doctor will determine the type injection is appropriate for you or not. You can ask this same question to the doctor who performed those injection on you. ...Read more

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Doctor recommended back exercises after spinal fusion surgery and rod removal?

Doctor recommended back exercises after spinal fusion surgery and rod removal?

Activity after fused: Given that rods were removed, i must assume that the fusion is solid. Therefore, there are really no restrictions for you in a solidly fused lumbar spine. Core exercises like pilates/piyo/yoga are great (your flexibility will be limited, obviously). Aerobic exercises as tolerated and continue to progress as tolerated. ...Read more

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Slight disc bulge at l4/l5. Treatment needed? Will traction make disc go back in? Or just back exercises will do?

Slight disc bulge at l4/l5. Treatment needed? Will traction make disc go back in? Or just back exercises will do?

Integrative care: A herniated disc can cause back pain as well as foot pain by physically pressing on the nerves that travel to the foot and by irritating them through the extrusion of pro-inflammatory disc materials. Physical therapy and other conservative measures, including medication management, are considered first line treatment. If these fail, your physician may recommend epidural steroid injections. ...Read more

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My fit, active husband has had some lack of control in one leg along with numbness while he plays tennis, and today he fell. He does back exercises.?

My fit, active husband has had some lack of control in one leg along with numbness while he plays tennis, and today he fell.  He does back exercises.?

Go to doctor ASAP : These symptoms could mean he is having (or developing) ministrokes or stroke. Get him to an emergency department or his primary care doctor. He needs a good physical exam and testing. ...Read more

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Is there any possible way to correct/straighten the postural kyphosis by exercises after the age of 20 ?

Is there any possible way to correct/straighten the postural kyphosis by exercises after the age of 20 ?

Depends on cause: If it is pure postural kyphosis with no wedging of any of the spinal (vertebrae) segments, then core strengthening an postural retraining should correct the problem. ...Read more

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The back top of my head feels like it's piercing/flashing pain why? Can postural problems cause this from the spinal cord?

The back top of my head feels like it's piercing/flashing pain why? Can postural problems cause this from the spinal cord?

Neck: There are a variety of upper cervical spine disorders that can result in similar pain. Which one you have or don't have would require a good exam. If the problem is bothersome then have it checked out. ...Read more

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Is it possible to correct/reverse my postural kyphosis into a normal corrected spine? Age : 20. I train, got muscles everywhere, still no results!

Is it possible to correct/reverse my postural kyphosis into a normal corrected spine? Age : 20. I train, got muscles everywhere, still no results!

Postural Kyphosis: As a podiatrist, i see patients with kyphosis present for foot orthotics to correct part of this. However, the specialities that deal with this the most are physiatrists, chiropractors, and osteopaths. There may be a rigid part that is permanent, but there may be a good deal of functional muscle and ligament tightening that you can work on, and see results. Too much sitting in front of computer? ...Read more

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I'm 20, and i wanna use a brace to straighten up my postural kyphosis, some say it's too late. So, is it gonna work or just deform more my spine ?

Not really: When a person is still in their growing phase, a brace can be used to potentially correct an increased kyphosis. When growth is complete, this opportunity for correction is lost. A brace may hold the spine in a straightened position in an adult, but as soon as the brace is removed, the kyphosis is still there. ...Read more

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On my 20s, i know that is gonna prevent the deformity if I use the brace for my postural kyphosis, but is it gonna cause any bad issues for my spine?

On my 20s, i know that is gonna prevent the deformity if I use the brace for my postural kyphosis, but is it gonna cause any bad issues for my spine?

Will likely not be: Helpful at all. You are done growing at age 20, so there is no reason to have a brace for this diagnosis. You have to see a physical therapist ; learn some very effective trunk stabilization programs, core strengthening programs, postural educations. The brace will not change your deformity, ; will only likely cause pressure points ; inconvenience. See a spine surgeon if you are having symptoms. ...Read more

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28 yr old male, with thoracic "postural" kyphosis since adolescence (don't know degree) Can it heal or improve with exercise, physio or any other way?

28 yr old male, with thoracic "postural" kyphosis since adolescence (don't know degree)
Can it heal or improve with exercise, physio or any other way?

Specialist: AT this age it is very difficult to treat this. May need surgery which at your age is difficult. See an ortho specialist in a referral center that does this type of work. BEst wishes. ...Read more

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Is there any alternatives for doing postural drainage, it causes me sinus congestion, i ve bronchiectasis, chronic nasal issues and back problems?

Is there any alternatives for doing postural drainage, it causes me sinus congestion, i ve bronchiectasis, chronic nasal  issues and back problems?

No but: You can ask your doctor to give your something (antihistamine nasal spray ?) to decongest your nose or try breathright strip to keep your nose open while doing the drainage. Be sure that your aiming your Nasonex (mometasone) towards the outside direction of the nasal cavity and not the center. ...Read more

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I've been diagnosed with postural orthostatic tachycardia syndrome, m.E fibromyalgia & eds3, what's the best way to treat and manage it all? Exhausted!

I've been diagnosed with postural orthostatic tachycardia syndrome, m.E fibromyalgia & eds3, what's the best way to treat and manage it all? Exhausted!

Core stabilization: People with connective tissue disorders and loose ligaments often have muscular pain from the large muscle groups working over time to maintain posture.Best is to slowly build core strength and stability muscles (slow twitch) so the larger (fast twitch) are used as they are supposed to (movements versus posture). A good physical therapist can help with this- gives endurance, prevents fatigue. ...Read more

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I have postural orthostatic tachycardia syndrome will midodrine help blood get back to heart when standing up?

I have postural orthostatic tachycardia syndrome will midodrine help blood get back to heart when standing up?

Yes: Midodrine raises your blood pressure and thus prevents fainting or light-headedness by keeping blood circulation to the brain. The heart will get more blood return and the reflex tachycardia will be less pronounced, or even be not triggered. ...Read more

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Give me your best advice for a patient struggeling with postural orthostatic tachycardia syndrome. Also would coq10 or alpha lipoic acid help. Thank u?

Give me your best advice for a patient struggeling with postural orthostatic tachycardia syndrome. Also would coq10 or alpha lipoic acid help. Thank u?

Seek the causes: POTS is a collection of symptoms but always has underlying causes that should be discovered/addressed including adrenal fatigue, thyroid imbalances,nutrient deficiencies,food allergies, scar tissue inducing autonomic dysfunction, chronic infections,heavy metal toxicity etc. Coq10 & lipoic acid may help some but consider homeopathy, acupuncture etc. Consult a Holistic MD: http://tinyurl.com/zkr8v2p ...Read more

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Postural orthostatic tachycardia syndrome gives me angina. Male 22. If i exercise laid down no heart and arm pain, if stood up i get it.

Postural orthostatic tachycardia syndrome gives me angina. Male 22. If i exercise laid down no heart and arm pain, if stood up i get it.

No: Pots cannot give you angina. To get angina, you have to have narrowed or blocked coronary arteries. That's unheard of at your age unless you use Cocaine or are diabetic (and then it's very rare). If you have abnormal cas, pots can exacerbate the supply/demand balance by making your heart beat faster (which increases demand). Your exertional pain is likely muscular. ...Read more

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How can back/flank pain, insomnia and postural hypotension be related?

How can back/flank pain, insomnia and postural hypotension be related?

Tough question: Possible UTI with dehydration, not sure how to incorporate insomnia except due to discomfort or nocturia? ...Read more

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What would cause postural hypotension triggered by heat in healthy 15 yr old girl. not dehydrated, good diet, slim, exercise reg. Deficiency? Vitamin?

What would cause postural hypotension triggered by heat in healthy 15 yr old girl. not dehydrated, good diet, slim, exercise reg. Deficiency? Vitamin?

Orthostatic: Postural hypotension occurs when something interrupts the body's natural process of counteracting low blood pressure. Occasional dizziness or lightheadedness may be relatively minor — mild dehydration, low blood sugar, or too much time in the sun or a hot tub. It may also happen when you stand after sitting for a long time, (class, concert, church). If only occasional, not cause for concern. ...Read more

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Numbness, postural tremors weakness fatigue. Is this multiple sclerosis? Mri of brain and spine normal, hyperreflexia. Low B12 and sjogren's syndrome.

Numbness, postural tremors weakness fatigue. Is this multiple sclerosis? Mri of brain and spine normal, hyperreflexia. Low B12 and sjogren's syndrome.

Explanation: You mention two issues, and at age 23, am surprised at this combination, but b-12 deficiency can result in peripheral nerve and spinal cord problems which may explain many of your symptoms. Sjogren's can mimic ms and also cause a small fibre neuropathy which could explain additional issues. Do not need an ms explanation here, as doubtful you have that also. Suggest neurology eval. ...Read more

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