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I'm a 21-year-old with lumbar disc prolapse (l4-l5). How can I strengthen my back?
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Dr. Michael Bolesta
Orthopedic Surgery
5 doctors agree
In brief: Depend on symptoms
If you are having fairly severe leg pain, gentle, low impact aerobic activity (e.
g. Walking, pool exercise) is a good place to start. As the leg pain subsides, increase the aerobic exercise to at least 30 minutes nonstop three days a week. As tolerated, work on core muscle strengthening exercise (exercise to strengthen tummy and back muscles).

In brief: Depend on symptoms
If you are having fairly severe leg pain, gentle, low impact aerobic activity (e.
g. Walking, pool exercise) is a good place to start. As the leg pain subsides, increase the aerobic exercise to at least 30 minutes nonstop three days a week. As tolerated, work on core muscle strengthening exercise (exercise to strengthen tummy and back muscles).
Dr. Michael Bolesta
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Dr. Albert Pizzo
Highly recommend a course of physical therapy prescribed by your doctor to teach you back care and exercises and also how to protect your back.
Dr. Cornelia Franz
Pediatrics
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In brief: Acupuncture
Core exercises as suggested are critical to stabilizing and healing your back.
Acupuncture can help immensely. It helps with pain, circulation, and stimulating the body to heal itself. The exercises mentioned are needed to strengthen the muscles around the injured area. If you have not had a physical therapy session on proper lifting, bending...Back mechanics you need one. It is very helpful.

In brief: Acupuncture
Core exercises as suggested are critical to stabilizing and healing your back.
Acupuncture can help immensely. It helps with pain, circulation, and stimulating the body to heal itself. The exercises mentioned are needed to strengthen the muscles around the injured area. If you have not had a physical therapy session on proper lifting, bending...Back mechanics you need one. It is very helpful.
Dr. Cornelia Franz
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Dr. Chintan Sampat
Orthopedic Surgery - Spine
3 doctors agree
In brief: Core exercises
Most physical therapists and fitness trainers recommend lumbar traction, stretching, and strengthening of the core muscles (in the back and abdominal regions) to help improve the symptoms of lumbar sciatica and disc prolapse.
Avoid dead-lifts, squats, and lifting very heavy weights. Instead, focus on more reps and good form during exercise.

In brief: Core exercises
Most physical therapists and fitness trainers recommend lumbar traction, stretching, and strengthening of the core muscles (in the back and abdominal regions) to help improve the symptoms of lumbar sciatica and disc prolapse.
Avoid dead-lifts, squats, and lifting very heavy weights. Instead, focus on more reps and good form during exercise.
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