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The 5 Worst Exercises If Youve Herniated Your Disc
What are the best exercises for herniated discs in lower back (L4&L5). Injury is 5 years old and I am 25.
Core muscle strength: You need to do abdominal and low back strengthening and flexibility training. There are certain exercise regimens that are designed to stabilize the core muscles in the trunk to help with herniated disc issues. ...Read more
Varies: With the neck you would ideally keep your neck in a neutral position, avoiding extension or rotation. With the shoulders avoid lifting overhead and try to use relatively light weights. ...Read more
Lumbar disc : Any exercise that strengthens your para spinal muscles and abdominal musculature: the core. Stay away from heavy squats. Avoid heavy lifting and anything that really bothers your back. ...Read more
Prone on Elbows:
Hi TamaraR, It is always best to be evaluated by a competent specialist prior to starting exercises. Generally, pain can be relieved by stretching exercises that arch your back. You can lay down prone with elbows resting on the ground and arch your back for 3-5 min at a time. If you have symptoms such as weakness then it may be urgent to see a specialist.
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Depends: That depends on where the herniation is: cervical, thoracic, or lumbar. More in fo isneeded. ...Read more
Avoid heavy lifting: What exercises one performs with a disherniated disc depends on the current symptoms and signs caused by the disc problem. Generally speaking, i limit heavy lifting, especially overhead. The high-impact nature of running and jumping can also cause problems. Light weight training, especially focused on core & lower body, plus cardio such as elliptical & stationary biking are usually well tolerated. ...Read more
Careful exercise: Start by avoiding prolonged positioning ; repetitive twist or bend maneuvers. If you had physical therapy, resume exercises. Use of otc medication will help control symptoms. Cardio workouts may help except for rowing ; maybe running. If did not have physical therapy, you may want to get a session to learn exercises. Weight control ; not smoking are key. Core exercises like yoga ; pilates. ...Read more
Yes: As long as it is not causing you pain. Just listen to your body. ...Read more
I recently found out that I have a small herniated disc in my lower back. It does not hurt so bad as of now but when i try to walk for exercise it hur?
What can be done for 60yo with intolerable pain associated with worsening scoliosis, herniated discs, osteoporosis beyond nsaids, pt, water exercises?
Tried a pain doctor?: I am guessing you have, but if not one may be able to help. A back surgeon, neurosurgeon or orthopedic, may also have something to offer. ...Read more
Core strengthening: Once you get the ok to exercise from your doctor, work on strengthening your abs and back muscles which will be protective of your spine. You need to do them in a way so as to not cause pain or other injury. Best to work with a physical therapist to develop a home exercise program. ...Read more
Trauma and back pain? I was hit by a drunk driver and have had back pain ever since. It's gotten much worse over the years and about eight months ago i was told i had a herniated disc. About two weeks ago i was working on a ladder and fell about five or
The back pain can be caused by muscle strain, spinal stenosis, ruptured disc, nerve impingement ...
It sounds like your pain might come from trauma. I recommend you seeking help from a health care provider (pain management physician, spine surgeon ...) you might benefit from a comprehensive evaluation and treatment. ...Read more
I have a herniated disc and torn hamstring from a workout injury. I needs to lose weight for my back too. What exercises can I do?
REST!!!! TIME: Hamstring injuries will respond to rest, massage and physical therapy. Time is your best ally. Plasma gel injection under ultra sound guidance is purported to shorten healing time. For herniated discs of there is no nerve impairment, the participation in pilates yoga is very good. As the hamstrings heal, the above exercise programs can be beneficial. Always use professional guidance. ...Read more
Which vitamins, minerals or anything else help/facilitate rehabilitation herniated disc. Also be thankful for any links to physical exercises or smth.
Depends: If it is a really acute problem with much leg pain, low impact aerobic exercise (water exercise, walking) may be the best. For lesser or more chronic pain, you can focus on core stretching and strengthening (tummy and back muscles). You can find some online or better, see your primary provider or a physical therapist. ...Read more
Depends: Spinning is an excellent, low impact activity. For patients with a herniated disk, it can be safe as long as it doesn't worsen symptoms. ...Read more
Herniated disc in neck caused by a car accident, along w/chronic neck prblms, i began pt recent. This morn woke with worst headache/neck pain & weak!
Get checked: Most disc herniation a in the neck can be treated initially nonoperatively, with interventions including therapy. The main exception to this, however, is if a person is developing signs of nerve damage. If you are truly developing progressive weakness in the arm, you need to let your doctor know immediately and you may even need surgery. ...Read more
I have spondylolisthesis herniated disc at L4 l5.Had 4 epidurals some relief, back exercise the pain is worse.Heat &meds help some what else can I do?
Depends: Depends on if you are in the acute phase of injury. Once you're past the acute muscle spasm working on core strength - abs and back- will be important. Work with your doc or physical therapist to get a home exercise program and learn how to do the exercises correctly. You don't want to hurt yourself. But you should be able to return to full activity. ...Read more
Varies: Generally, cardiovascular exercises that do not aggravate symptoms are fine even if it means cross training ie swimming, treading water, walking, biking, elliptical, stairmaster but running could aggravate symptoms but not always but avoid rowing and any raquet sports and golf but walk the paths. Yoga and pilates are also options. ...Read more
No: In most instances, herniated disc are resorbed by the body. They do not go back into place. Often what are described as disc bulging on lumbar mri's are actually bony spurs or discosteophyte complexes. They do not resorb. Kind of counter intuitive, the larger the disc herniation the faster the disc resorbs. This is thought to be because the large disc herniation stirs up a larger immune response. ...Read more
Varies: Generally, cardiovascular exercises that do not aggravate symptoms are fine even if it means cross training ie swimming, treading water, walking, biking, elliptical, stairmaster but running could aggravate symptoms but not always but avoid rowing and any raquet sports and golf but walk the paths. ...Read more
What are types of stretches or exercises that will help relieve pain from a herniated disk in the lower back?
strengthen your core: Exercises that strengthen the muscles which support your spine will help keep the disc from getting worse. If you over stretch it can make things worse but stretching and strengthening exercises with a person who knows what they are doing, will help a lot. ...Read more
In case of herniated disk / ischias nerv, can the nerv itself be stretched out with exercise in order to minimize the "pinching" sensitivity?
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