Review for Lower Back Pain

  • Age 55+
  • Female
  • 168 lbs
  • 5' 9"
  • Springfield, Missouri
  • Injury Status Recovering
  • How much did pain interfere with your day-to-day activities in the past week? All the time
  • Repeat injury? Yes
  • 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, Degenerative Disc Disease, 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, Epidural,
    Not Improved
    Inversion Table, Walking/Hiking, Brace, Rest, Cortisone Injection, Ice, Physical Therapy

I worked as an OR nurse for more than 40 years and went on disability until I reached retirement due to severe back pain. After several pain procedures and oral inflammatories, my pain became more tolerable. I began walking but the pain increased, so I decided to get in the pool. At first I dangled upright in deep water with my arms outstretched allowing my back to hang and stretch as much as possible. As my pain improved, I began moving my arms and legs in different motion. I began my time in the water everyday with various stretches. I soon began running in the deep water. Everyday my pain improved and my exercising increased. After 6-7 weeks, my pain was gone most of the time. One year later, I swim an average of six miles 5 days each week. My muscle percentage is now 41% up from 17%. My core has strengthened, and my flexibility has greatly increased. I rarely have back pain and have had no additional pain procedures in over a year. I participate in deep water aerobics, aqua zumba in deep water, and lap swimming. I have helped numerous people at the Y where I swim with their back pain, always starting with the deep water dangle and progressing as they are able. I highly recommend deep water therapy for back pain.

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