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I have low back pain, can I do running as my exercise?

I have low back pain, can I do running as my exercise?

Yes as long as the : Back pain is not worse with the running. Exercise, especially cardiovascular exercise, is a way to treat low back pain along with weight control, good sleep, not smoking and doing stretches and core strengthening as well . You can start cross training, if needed, initially. Start slowly. ...Read more

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Dr. Michael Gabor
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Low Back Pain (Definition)

Low back pain is pain that occurs in the back above the buttock area and below the ribs. Low back pain can be sharp, dull, intermittent or constant. Pain can be at rest or associated with activity. Back pain can also be accompanied with pain that shoots or radiates down into the lower extremities or legs which is frequently ...Read more


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What are recommended exercises to do at the gym that will help ease my low back pain?

What are recommended exercises to do at the gym that will help ease my low back pain?

Back pain in young: Young patients rarely need further evaluation for back pain as it is usually self-limiting. For mild symptoms, muscle pains are most common. Consider also disc degeneration which is the rule not exception. If symptoms persist. Core strength is a start: pilates/yoga/piyo, nsaid's, salonpas hot patches. Mckenzie pt if no better but requires a doc's rx. ...Read more

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45-year old male. Low back pain for a few years, although seldom have pain. What kind of exercise is allowed, and what kind of bed, firm or soft?

45-year old male. Low back pain for a few years, although seldom have pain. What kind of exercise is allowed, and what kind of bed, firm or soft?

Back pain hygiene: There are a lot of advice, but the main things are: keep your back muscles strong by doing back exercises everyday, twice daily if you can, with stretching and warm ups in between. Other exercises to strengthen your core is also important (like plank and certain Yoga poses). Use your legs to lift things, not your back. And sleep on a firm(er) mattress. ...Read more

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Can exercise usually help low back pain?

Yes: Of all of the treatments touted to help low back pain, exercise has consistently shown to be one of, if not the best way to treat lower back pain. There is no one "right" exercise for all people with back pain. Studies have shown that people who do any kind of exercise to keep themselves physically fit tend to have lower rates of back pain than people who do not exercise regularly. ...Read more

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Can exercise help or hurt low back pain?

Can exercise help or hurt low back pain?

Yes: Both can occur. Supervised physical therapy can alleviate problems with exercise induced pain but sometimes even therapy aggravates the pain. Diagnosis is key and will drive the recommendations. ...Read more

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Can you recommend good low back pain exercises?

Yes: Check my stretches at this web site: http://harvardneurosurgeon.Com/pt2.Html. ...Read more

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Can you tell me if there are good low back pain exercises?

Can you tell me if there are good low back pain exercises?

Core: Core excercises are very good for low back pain. There are several examples of "core exercises" on the internet. Your physical therapist should also be able to show you examples. It is also important to stay flexible with emphasis on stretching your hamstrings. ...Read more

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I have low back pain and from last two days it's paining very much please help.Please tell me any exercises or something to get relief. I am male, my ?

I have low back pain and from last two days it's paining very much please help.Please tell me any exercises or something to get relief. I am male, my ?

See your doctor: Without any additional historical details, nor a physical examination, it is difficult to recommend therapy. Of note, however, is that recent data suggest that physical therapy, yoga and/or exercises like pilates can be helpful. Nonetheless, being evaluated for the current issue should occur initially. Please see a physician promptly. ...Read more

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Severe low back pain for 2+ yrs...Its getting so bad that i can't work thru pain to exercise. Pain now going to hips. Worst in am but all day is there?

Severe low back pain for 2+ yrs...Its getting so bad that i can't work thru pain to exercise. Pain now going to hips. Worst in am but all day is there?

Pinched Nerve: Sounds like you have a pinched nerve in your back. 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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Are abdominal "crunch" exercises the best way to keep from having low back pain?

Are abdominal "crunch" exercises the best way to keep from having low back pain?

Not exactly: Core strengthening including gentle crunches can be helpful in preventing low back pain. However, these need to be performed correctly and should be combined with an entire regimen designed to strengthen the core musculature. ...Read more

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Low back pain. 8 mos post laminectomy. Need good lower back strengthening exercises. Pain dr. Claims says its bio mech changes in facets post surgery?

Low back pain. 8 mos post laminectomy. Need good lower back strengthening exercises. Pain dr. Claims says its bio mech changes in facets post  surgery?

Possibly: There is nothing about a laminectomy that should precipitate facet pain/arthritis. But patietns with spinal stenosis who require laminectomy often have multiple back issues including facet arthritis. There could be scarring after surgery causing some pain but typically you would have some leg pain as well. After completing pt and core exercises, facet pain can easily be tested with an injeciton. ...Read more

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Low back pain that goes down rt buttock down to the outside of my thigh that is10 on the pain scale Have seen a ortho & he told me to do stretching exercises then he told me pt xray dsnt show anything?

Low back pain that goes down rt buttock down to the outside of my thigh that is10 on the pain scale Have seen a ortho & he told me to do stretching exercises then he told me pt xray dsnt show anything?

Radiating pain: The pain you describe sounds like you may have a nerve impingement syndrome like "sciatica" that is affecting your R leg. The regular X-ray will not shoe nerve entrapment. You can try Physical therapy and stretching with nsaids, but if you do not improve, you may need an MRI and follow-up with the Ortho. Good luck. ...Read more

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I am almost 2 years post op 2 level lumbar fusion. Low back pain has improved but still having issues with back muscle tightness/muscle fatigue. Exercise regularly, weights, walking, yoga. Advice?

I am almost 2 years post op 2 level lumbar fusion. Low back pain has improved but still having issues with back muscle tightness/muscle fatigue. Exercise regularly, weights, walking, yoga. Advice?

Everything Right: It sounds like you are doing everything right. Surgery is traumatic to the spine and muscular tissue. There can be irreparable damage as as result. Overall, it sounds like surgery was a success because you have an active lifestyle. I would recommend a short course of physical therapy so they can discuss your goals and deficits you have. You may be doing the wrong exercises. Discuss with doc. ...Read more

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Physiotherapists said My one sided low back pain and sciatica type symptoms are not ticking any boxes on what it can be,can stress cause these symptom?

Ticking boxes: Symptoms of radiculopathy cause one-sided back pain and sciatic nerve area symptoms. The symptoms may be numbness, pain or weakness. There may be reduced reflexes, especially in the Achilles tendon, if there is an S1 radiculopathy, an injury which often causes symptoms through the sciatic nerve. Testing sometimes helps, such as an EMG test. Physiotherapy is also a good idea - safe, and cheap ...Read more

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Is it normal to have an ice cold foot with low back pain and sciatica?

Common, Not Normal: Patients often share altered sensations such cold extremities with low back pain and sciatica. It would also be a good idea to be evaluated for vascular issues in the leg. ...Read more

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Very bad low back pain and sciatica. is okay to take short course of oral prednisone if my A1c is 6.8 ?

Very bad low back pain and sciatica. is okay to take short course of oral prednisone if my A1c is 6.8 ?

No: Studies show no to low benefit for lower back pain with oral steroids. You need rest low back school and a pain management referral. Naproxen 500 twice a day and flexeril 10 mg three times a day prn are preferable. You need a full exam to rule out cauda equina, weakness and other surgical indications. Risk also > benefits with diabetes. ...Read more

Dr. Qamar Khan
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Sciatica (Definition)

A condition that results in pain, weakness, numbness, or tingling in the leg. It results from injury to or pressure on the sciatic nerve, which starts in the lower spine and runs down the ...Read more


Dr. Heidi Fowler
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Back Pain (Definition)

Pain in the back is a symptom that can be due to a number of causes including musculoskeletal or neurological problems or due to problems ...Read more