Review for Lower Back Pain

  • Age 55+
  • Female
  • 168 lbs
  • 5' 9"
  • Springfield, Missouri
  • Injury Status Cured
  • How much did pain interfere with your day-to-day activities in the past week? All the time
  • Repeat injury? No
  • Physical activity per week 8+ hours
  • Number of Surgeries None
  • Chronicity 18+ Months
  • 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? Never
  • How much did pain interfere with your enjoyment of life in the past week? All the time
  • What best describes your pain level on average in the past week? No pain
  • Additional Diagnosis/Symptoms Sciatica (pinched nerve, radiculopathy), Osteoarthritis (arthritis), Spinal Stenosis, Herniated disc (bulging disc, disc protrusion), Facet Syndrome/Sprain, Spondylolisthesis, Scoliosis, Sacroiliac Joint Dysfunction
  • Additional conditions Arthrithis, Hip-pain

Treatment Ratings

    NSAIDs - Anti Inflammatory drugs,
    Not Improved
    Rest, Massage, Ice, Physical Therapy, Inversion Table, Mattress Change, Brace
    Heat, Walking/Hiking

I do water activities 2-2 1/2 hours daily Monday - Friday including laps, deep-water aerobics, Zumba, 60 lb water-resistance weights, and lap swimming. My Fitbit tracks me at 6 miles each day. When I started deep water exercise one year ago, I was only able to dangle in deep water. As my pain decreased, I increased my activity. I don't wear a belt, and my feet don't touch the bottom during my entire workout.

The water exercise has changed my life. As an operating room nurse, I cared for multiple back pain sufferers and saw the havoc the pain and the treatments caused to my patients. I refused to take any type of pain medication, because I was aware of addiction possibilities.

The pain procedures that I received helped me to get to the point I could tolerate activity, I began walking. Walking was not the answer for me. Water exercise was the answer.

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