Pilates for Lower Back Pain

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  • Julie Lower Back Pain

    • Age 55+
    • Female
    • 110 lbs
    • 5' 2"
    • Topanga, CA
    16
    Feb2021
    • Injury Status In Pain
    • Physical activity per week 8+ hours
    • How much did pain interfere with your day-to-day activities in the past week? Somewhat
    • Have you been off work or unemployed due to low-back pain? Yes, for over a year
    • Have you felt depressed or hopeless in the last 7 days? Rarely
    • How much did pain interfere with your enjoyment of life in the past week? Somewhat
    • What best describes your pain level on average in the past week? Discomforting
    • Chronicity 18+ Months
    • Back pain interfere with sleep Frequently
    • Back pain interfere with your personal care (washing, dressing etc) Sometimes
    • Back pain interference with travel Sometimes
    • Marital Status Single
    • Employment Status Retired
    • Tobacco Use No
    • Alcohol Use Rare
    • Pain level (1-10) 4
    • Additional conditions Arthrithis, Knee-pain, Insomnia, Neck-pain
    • Additional Diagnosis/Symptoms Sciatica (pinched nerve, radiculopathy), Osteoarthritis (arthritis), Degenerative Disc Disease, Herniated disc (bulging disc, disc protrusion), Compression fracture
    • Pain areas Inside right knee, Inside left knee, Right leg, Right ankle, Right foot, Lower back middle, Lower back right, Back of right knee, Back of left knee

    Treatment Ratings

      Improved
      NSAIDs - Anti Inflammatory drugs, Stretching, Traction, Heat, Weight loss, Mattress Change, Supportive Shoes, Ice, Rest, Massage, Walking/Hiking
      Not Improved
      Meditation, Inversion Table, Medical Marijuana, PEMF Therapy, TENS/Electrical Stimulation, Ultrasound Therapy, Acupuncture, Supplements, Prolotherapy, Physical Therapy,
      Worsened
      Feldenkrais Method, Pilates, Yoga, Swimming, Chiropractor, Strengthening Exercises, Home Exercise Program

    I have 4 herniated disks. I hike and stretch a little and am managing basic Tai Chi, but most anything else -- yoga, core strengthening, Chiropractic etc. increase my pain.


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  • Anita Lower Back Pain

    • Age 55+
    • Female
    • 160 lbs
    • 5' 7"
    • Madison, WI
    23
    Aug2020
    • Injury Status Recovering
    • Physical activity per week 8+ hours
    • How much did pain interfere with your day-to-day activities in the past week? Somewhat
    • Have you been off work or unemployed due to low-back pain? Not at all
    • Have you felt depressed or hopeless in the last 7 days? Rarely
    • How much did pain interfere with your enjoyment of life in the past week? A little bit
    • What best describes your pain level on average in the past week? Discomforting
    • Chronicity 6-18 Months
    • Back pain interfere with sleep Sometimes
    • Back pain interfere with your personal care (washing, dressing etc) Not at all
    • Back pain interference with travel Sometimes
    • Marital Status Divorced
    • Employment Status Retired
    • Tobacco Use No
    • Alcohol Use Moderate
    • Pain level (1-10) 2
    • Additional conditions Neck-pain, Arthrithis, Knee-pain
    • Additional Diagnosis/Symptoms Herniated disc (bulging disc, disc protrusion), Scoliosis, Sciatica (pinched nerve, radiculopathy)
    • Pain areas Right knee front, Lower back middle, Neck left side, Lower back left

    Treatment Ratings

      Improved
      NSAIDs - Anti Inflammatory drugs, Pilates, Walking/Hiking, Gokhale Method, Postural Modifications, Yoga, Supplements, Strengthening Exercises, Stretching, Heat, Supportive Shoes, Chiropractor, Rest, Massage, Ice, Physical Therapy, Home Exercise Program

    I also engage in gardening, hiking, snowshoeing, knitting, sewing, reading. I used to be much more active with swimming, aerobics, etc when I was much younger.

    I have had back issues for 40 years, that manifested when I was building a log home with my ex, but the recent issue some 6+ months ago was the most severe.


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  • Colleen Lower Back Pain

    • Age 55+
    • Female
    • 110 lbs
    • 5' 4"
    • Laguna Woods, CA
    06
    Aug2020
    • Injury Status Cured
    • What best describes your pain level on average in the past week? No pain
    • Physical activity per week 4-8 hours
    • How much did pain interfere with your day-to-day activities in the past week? Not at all
    • Have you been off work or unemployed due to low-back pain? Not at all
    • Have you felt depressed or hopeless in the last 7 days? Never
    • How much did pain interfere with your enjoyment of life in the past week? Not at all
    • Chronicity 18+ Months
    • Back pain interfere with sleep Never
    • Back pain interfere with your personal care (washing, dressing etc) Not at all
    • Back pain interference with travel Not at all
    • Marital Status Single
    • Employment Status Retired
    • Tobacco Use No
    • Alcohol Use None
    • Additional Diagnosis/Symptoms Sciatica (pinched nerve, radiculopathy), Osteoarthritis (arthritis), Degenerative Disc Disease, Herniated disc (bulging disc, disc protrusion), Scoliosis

    Treatment Ratings

      Cured
      Gokhale Method
      Improved
      NSAIDs - Anti Inflammatory drugs, Medical Marijuana, Traction
      Not Improved
      Chiropractor, Supportive Shoes, Acupuncture, Massage, Physical Therapy, Pilates
      Worsened
      Strengthening Exercises, Yoga

    The REASON I no longer have back or leg pain now is that I took the Gokhale Elements course last month. But before that happened, when my Primary Doctor saw my latest MRI she immediately referred me to a neurosurgeon. I never thought I would get surgery but my latest bout with back and leg pain was unbearable and