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Doctor insights on: Physical Therapy Exercises For Lower Back Pain

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What kinds of physical therapy exercises work for lower back pain?

What kinds of physical therapy exercises work for lower back pain?

Varies: Despite many years of research, there has never been one form of exercise that has proven superior to another for lower back pain. This is probably because back pain is not a single condition. Generally what we try to do is find exercises that can initially be done with reasonable comfort and then progress to more difficult and strenous ones as tolerated. ...Read more

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Dr. Jeffrey Stevens
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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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I've been doing physical therapy, but after exercise yesterday, why would I have lower back pain radiating into my knee and front knee on the right?

Radiating pain: Pain after therapy radiating down the leg to the knee is most likely related to nerve irritation. I suggest you go back into the physician who referred you to physical therapy and be reassessed. ...Read more

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Is there physical therapy for lower back pain?

Yes!!!: here's a You Tube video I produced with our physical therapists... http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=20zybMbnVoU and here is a more in depth academic paper, with theory, "A phased rehabilitation protocol for athletes with lumbar intervertebral disc herniation" http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC3812831/ ...Read more

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Thoughts? Could physical therapy help my lower back pain?

Very likely....: Most adults will have back pain at some point in their lifetime. Common causes are musculoskeletal, strains, sprains, etc. In the absence of any neurological issues (ie. Muscle weakness) initial treatment includes: nsaid's (like ibuprofen), activity modification, stretching, and physical therapy. See your pcp for a prescription..... ...Read more

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When to start physical therapy for sciatica and lower back pain,while in pain or wait until the pain is reduced?

When  to start physical therapy for sciatica and lower back pain,while in pain or wait until the pain is reduced?

Not Known: Nothing can work fast, however if PT can relieve pressure on the spine where the nerve is getting pinched gets relief than pain relief can occur. If you are not improving after 2-3 weeks with regular therapy sessions, I would suggest seeing a pain/spine specialist to see if a cortisone injection might be helpful. ...Read more

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What is better for lower back pain, chiropractic therapy or physical therapy?

Neither..: 7.5 percent of caucasian patienists are b27 positive, a marker that relates to inflammation of the sacroiliac joints, called sacroiilitis. This problem can be also associated with psoriatic arthritis (phil mickelson-golfer) and other types. You need medication for this to stop inflammation causing the problem. Of course exercise and massage are ueful for sore muscles, but a correct DX is needed. ...Read more

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I have chronic lower back pain. I chose physical therapy instead of an epidural injection. Which is more effective or should I do both?

I have chronic lower back pain. I chose physical therapy instead of an epidural injection. Which is more effective or should I do both?

Depends on the cause: There r many causes of back pain. B evaluated by a spine specialist, once u know the cause, he/her will decide what 2 do based on experience ; training. ...Read more

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Can physical therapy help with my lower back pain and the sciatica in my left leg?

Can physical therapy help with my lower back pain and the sciatica in my left leg?

Hard to Say: Injections will give you pain relief early, but PT can be just as helpful but will take time to get relief. There is new research coming out that when you are in a lot of pain, you're body actually stops you from performing exercises so that you may not benefit from PT initially. So we believe that if you at least improve your pain first, you can then proceed with the exercise therapy programs. ...Read more

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Dr. Heidi Fowler
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Back Pain (Definition)

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Dr. Qamar Khan
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Pain In The Back (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