John 

Review for Lower Back Pain

  • Age 55+
  • Male
  • 160 lbs
  • 5' 8"
  • Bristol England
12
Mar2018
  • Injury Status Cured
  • How much did pain interfere with your enjoyment of life in the past week? Not at all
  • Chronicity 18+ Months
  • Number of Surgeries None
  • 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? Yes, under 1 month
  • Have you felt depressed or hopeless in the last 7 days? Never
  • Repeat injury? Yes
  • What best describes your pain level on average in the past week? No pain
  • Walk with no pain Any distance
  • Sitting without back pain As long as I like
  • Standing without back pain As far I want
  • Back pain interfere with sleep Sometimes
  • Back pain interfere with your personal care (washing, dressing etc) Not at all
  • Additional Diagnosis/Symptoms Sacroiliac Joint Dysfunction, Scoliosis
  • Additional conditions Neck-pain, Insomnia, Knee-pain, Hip-pain

Treatment Ratings

    Cured
    Gokhale Method
    Improved
    Chiropractor, Yoga
    Not Improved
    Worsened
    Swimming

It no longer affects me, provided I am mindful of my posture. The SI joints need a bit of continued TLC, wearing an SI support belt helps as does a very specific yoga sequence that rebalances the left right side of my body. If I have a vigorous day, feel tired and skip the rebalance yoga then my sleep is less than fully restorative.

Previously I could not walk 1/2 mile without severe pain and feeling like my pelvis was falling apart. Standing for any length of time unleashed a wave of pain, sitting wasn't much better. The Gokhale Method enabled me to relearn how to walk stand and sit without pain, each of which has got better over time, making me feel younger at 55 than at 45 when the pain seemed never ending. My love of yoga has re-blossomed, though with some poses such as trikonasana/triangle pose consigned to the history book. Selective yoga poses are very helpful for the SI joint that although was never a main source of pain has been the slowest to heal and is what I remain attentive to.


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