Strengthening Exercises for Lower Back Pain

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  • Anonymous Lower Back Pain

    • Age 35-54
    • Male
    • 140 lbs
    • 5' 7"
    • San Francisco, California
    18
    Oct2019
    • Injury Status Recovering
    • Have you felt depressed or hopeless in the last 7 days? Never
    • Physical activity per week 8+ hours
    • How much did pain interfere with your day-to-day activities in the past week? A little bit
    • Have you been off work or unemployed due to low-back pain? Not at all
    • Chronicity 18+ Months
    • 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? Mild
    • 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
    • Additional Diagnosis/Symptoms Muscle Strain

    Treatment Ratings

      Almost Cured
      Gokhale Method
      Not Improved
      NSAIDs - Anti Inflammatory drugs, McKenzie Method, Mattress Change, Meditation, Walking/Hiking, Stretching, Heat, Rest, Physical Therapy,
      Worsened
      Strengthening Exercises

    Low grade persistent low back pain was really affecting my mood. My muscles were in a persistently bad state and most treatments were only able to provide temporary relief (~a day). Following the Gokhale method of stretch sitting/lying and postural adjustments has improved the condition of my low back muscles, so that I am now able to engage in strengthening exercises, and has also allowed me to get back to increased overall activity levels.


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  • Nellie Lower Back Pain

    • Age 55+
    • Female
    • 146 lbs
    • 5' 5"
    • nsw armidale
    16
    Oct2019
    • Injury Status Recovering
    • Walking distance with leg pain 2-4 miles
    • Repeat injury? No
    • Physical activity per week 8+ hours
    • Number of Surgeries 1
    • 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
    • What best describes your pain level on average in the past week? Mild
    • Back pain causing leg pain Yes, but most of the pain is in my back
    • Chronicity 18+ Months
    • Sitting without having to change position 2-3 hours
    • Standing without experiencing back pain 2-3 hours
    • Pain when rising from a seated position Much better
    • Back-Pain while bending forward No pain
    • Leg-Pain while bending forward No pain
    • Pain while bending backward No pain
    • Walk with no pain 2-3 Miles
    • Sitting without back pain 2-3 hours
    • Standing without back pain 2-3 hours
    • 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 Degenerative Disc Disease
    • Additional conditions Arthrithis, Knee-pain

    Treatment Ratings

      Cured
      Walking/Hiking, Meditation, Weight loss, Supportive Shoes, Rest, Physical Therapy,
      Almost Cured
      Improved
      Gokhale Method

    I experience very little pain unless I have been working in the garden for longer than I need to or doing heavy digging or pulling up of roots. As a dressmaker I find that standing more than 2-3 hours or sitting sewing for more than 2 hours makes my middle lower back ache to the point of not being able to do what I want or need to do. The regular exercise routine is certainly helping my flexibility and easing the pain from sitting or standing for an extended time. Gardening in easier since using a kneeling stool.
    Im sleeping longer but as warmer weather comes in am more active.
    Having recently travelled by train or 6 hours and return by coach in 5 days with only one rest stop my buttocks and right hip ached for a while but once I got walking again was relieved.
    I havenoticed when climbing shallow depth steps i get a pain in my left kneewhich does not occur if the steps are deep and not as much push on the knee.


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  • Anonymous Lower Back Pain

    • Age 55+
    • Male
    • 140 lbs
    • 5' 6"
    • Palo Alto
    08
    Oct2019
    • Injury Status In Pain
    • Have you felt depressed or hopeless in the last 7 days? Rarely
    • Physical activity per week 4-8 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
    • Chronicity 18+ Months
    • 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 interfere with sleep Every night
    • Back pain interfere with your personal care (washing, dressing etc) Not at all
    • Back pain interference with travel Not at all
    • Additional Diagnosis/Symptoms Spinal Stenosis, Herniated disc (bulging disc, disc protrusion)
    • Additional conditions Insomnia

    Treatment Ratings

      Almost Cured
      Gokhale Method
      Improved
      Strengthening Exercises,
      Not Improved
      Walking/Hiking, Medical Marijuana, Swimming, Mattress Change, NSAIDs - Anti Inflammatory drugs, Stretching, Heat, Rest, Cortisone Injection, Ice, Physical Therapy
      Worsened
      Feldenkrais Method

    Bending and lifting can be difficult. Some exercises are difficult.


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  • Anonymous Lower Back Pain

    • Age 35-54
    • Female
    • 260 lbs
    • 6' 0"
    • Bs, mo
    07
    Oct2019
    • Injury Status In Pain
    • Have you felt depressed or hopeless in the last 7 days? Always
    • Physical activity per week 0-4 hours
    • How much did pain interfere with your day-to-day activities in the past week? All the time
    • Have you been off work or unemployed due to low-back pain? Yes, for over a year
    • Chronicity 18+ Months
    • How much did pain interfere with your enjoyment of life in the past week? Quite a bit
    • What best describes your pain level on average in the past week? Distressing
    • Back pain interfere with sleep All the time
    • Back pain interfere with your personal care (washing, dressing etc) I require some help due to pain
    • Back pain interference with travel Frequently
    • Additional Diagnosis/Symptoms Sciatica (pinched nerve, radiculopathy), Spinal Stenosis, Degenerative Disc Disease, Spondylolisthesis, Scoliosis, Muscle Strain
    • Additional conditions Neck-pain, Arthrithis, Hip-pain, Knee-pain, Diabetes, Depression, Insomnia

    Treatment Ratings

      Almost Cured
      Opioids
      Improved
      Mattress Change, Chiropractor
      Not Improved
      Walking/Hiking, Swimming, Epidural, TENS/Electrical Stimulation, Supplements