Pete Sollenne 

Review for Lower Back Pain

  • Age 35-54
  • Male
  • 230 lbs
  • 6' 0"
  • Smithtown. NU
  • Injury Status Recovering
  • Physical activity per week 4-8 hours
  • Chronicity 0 - 6 Months
  • Repeat injury? Yes
  • Number of Surgeries None
  • Additional Diagnosis/Symptoms Sciatica (pinched nerve, radiculopathy), Spinal Stenosis, Herniated disc (bulging disc, disc protrusion)

Treatment Ratings

    NSAIDs - Anti Inflammatory drugs, Inversion Table, TENS/Electrical Stimulation, Stretching, Heat, Weight loss, Supportive Shoes, Rest, Acupuncture, Oral corticosteroids
    Not Improved
    Ultrasound Therapy, Physical Therapy, Epidural

For me in the beginning rest was the only option. After a couple months of slight improvement via PT. I started my own exercise program which included walking and stretching . I received info from the internet which included info on decompression therapy, I am using straps hung from the ceiling in my garage to hang from and from so I can do knee lifts . As I improved with this exercise I am now using an inversion table . I slowly increased my time and angle on the table . At this point I am at a 45 degree for30 seconds then back to horizontal for 5 seconds. I am currently doing this for about 15 minutes 4-5 times a week . I am improving but it is a slow process, I'm coming up on 4 months since my injury and I would say I'm at 75% - 85% of my best . I still stretch , hang from my straps and use the inversion table every day . I am able to stand longer and walk longer before the tightness comes back , still much better than the extreme pain I had just a few months ago . Don't give up !!!

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