Stretching for Lower Back Pain

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  • Alexander Lower Back Pain

    • Age 55+
    • Male
    • 130 lbs
    • 5' 10"
    • Mukilteo WA
    22
    Mar2019
    • Injury Status In Pain
    • Walking distance with leg pain As far as I want
    • Repeat injury? Yes
    • Physical activity per week 8+ hours
    • Number of Surgeries None
    • 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? Never
    • 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
    • Back pain causing leg pain Yes, but most of the pain is in my back
    • Chronicity 18+ Months
    • Sitting without having to change position As long as I want
    • Standing without experiencing back pain 10 minutes
    • Pain when rising from a seated position A little worse
    • Back-Pain while bending forward No pain
    • Leg-Pain while bending forward No pain
    • Pain while bending backward Discomforting
    • Walk with no pain Any distance
    • Sitting without back pain As long as I like
    • Standing without back pain I can’t stand without pain
    • Back pain interfere with sleep Never
    • Back pain interfere with your personal care (washing, dressing etc) Not at all
    • Back pain interference with travel Sometimes
    • Additional Diagnosis/Symptoms Spinal Stenosis, Degenerative Disc Disease, Sciatica (pinched nerve, radiculopathy)
    • Additional conditions Hip-pain

    Treatment Ratings

      Almost Cured
      Improved
      Physical Therapy, Walking/Hiking,
      Not Improved
      Heat, Ice, Gokhale Method,

    My lower back pain started about 20 years ago. At that time it was significant preventing me from walking more than a few steps before needing to stop and stretch my back. after about 6 months it eventually went away. Since then I have had similar but much shorter episodes maybe a couple of times a year. I have always been able to relieve any pain by stretching, like childs pose. The current issue I am experiencing has been going on for a few months. Stretching relieves any pain but it comes back quickly if I am on my feet. I am familiar with the Gokhale method but so far have not been a very good practitioner.


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  • 09
    Mar2019
    • Injury Status Recovering
    • Sitting without having to change position 10 minutes
    • Physical activity per week 4-8 hours
    • How much did pain interfere with your day-to-day activities in the past week? Quite a bit
    • 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? Often
    • 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
    • Back pain causing leg pain Yes, my back and my leg hurt just as much
    • Walking distance with leg pain 5 blocks
    • Chronicity 18+ Months
    • Standing without experiencing back pain 30 minutes
    • Pain when rising from a seated position A little better
    • Back-Pain while bending forward Discomforting
    • Leg-Pain while bending forward Distressing
    • Pain while bending backward Distressing
    • Walk with no pain 1 mile
    • Sitting without back pain 30 minutes
    • Standing without back pain 30 minutes
    • Back pain interfere with sleep Frequently
    • Back pain interfere with your personal care (washing, dressing etc) Sometimes
    • Back pain interference with travel Frequently
    • Additional Diagnosis/Symptoms Sciatica (pinched nerve, radiculopathy), Osteoarthritis (arthritis), Degenerative Disc Disease
    • Additional conditions Neck-pain, Hip-pain, Knee-pain, High blood pressure, Insomnia, Arthrithis, Depression

    Treatment Ratings

      Improved
      Swimming, TENS/Electrical Stimulation, Weight loss, Chiropractor, Rest, Acupuncture, Physical Therapy,
      Not Improved
      Brace, Mattress Change, Supplements, Heat, Acetaminophen,

    Feeling better whit exercises


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  • Anonymous Lower Back Pain

    • Age 55+
    • Female
    • 120 lbs
    • 5' 4"
    • Richmond, CA
    08
    Mar2019
    • Injury Status Recovering
    • Walking distance with leg pain 5 blocks
    • Repeat injury? No
    • Physical activity per week 0-4 hours
    • Number of Surgeries None
    • 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? Never
    • 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
    • Back pain causing leg pain Yes, my back and my leg hurt just as much
    • Chronicity 18+ Months
    • Sitting without having to change position 1-2 Hours
    • Standing without experiencing back pain 30 minutes
    • Pain when rising from a seated position No change
    • Back-Pain while bending forward No pain
    • Leg-Pain while bending forward Mild
    • Pain while bending backward Distressing
    • Walk with no pain 4-8 blocks
    • Sitting without back pain 1 Hour
    • Standing without back pain 30 minutes
    • Back pain interfere with sleep Never
    • Back pain interfere with your personal care (washing, dressing etc) Sometimes
    • Back pain interference with travel Pain restricts me to journeys of less than 2 hours
    • Additional Diagnosis/Symptoms Sciatica (pinched nerve, radiculopathy), Osteoporosis, Spondylolisthesis, Scoliosis, Osteoarthritis (arthritis), Spinal Stenosis, Degenerative Disc Disease
    • Additional conditions Neck-pain, Hip-pain, Knee-pain, Arthrithis

    Treatment Ratings

      Improved
      Physical Therapy, Gokhale Method, Meditation, Traction,