Review for Lower Back Pain

  • Age 35-54
  • Female
  • 125 lbs
  • 5' 6"
  • Monrovia, CA
  • Injury Status In Pain
  • Physical activity per week 4-8 hours
  • Chronicity 6-18 Months
  • Repeat injury? No
  • Doctor/Care Giver CHAP CARE
  • Number of Surgeries None
  • Additional Diagnosis/Symptoms Osteoarthritis (arthritis), Herniated disc (bulging disc, disc protrusion)

Treatment Ratings

    Physical Therapy, Ultrasound Therapy, Strengthening Exercises, Stretching, Heat, Chiropractor, Ice, TENS/Electrical Stimulation
    Not Improved
    Acetaminophen, Supportive Shoes, Supplements

For years, my low back would hurt occasionally, but several months ago it started hurting every day and is worst when I first get out of bed. I had x-rays and an MRI. I've went to physical therapy for 12 weeks. The ultrasound and heat packs felt great, but the some of the exercises make my back sorer. I bought an exercise ball and am continuing exercises at home.

Heat always feels good but the temps here are so hot that I've switched to cold I also take Gabapentin every day for nerve pain that I have extending from my upper back and down my arm. I cannot take NSAIDs because I have severe gastritis.

I started going to a chiropractor and have had 3 visits so far. My back hurts more the day after the visits and they've told me to keep icing it.

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