Review for Lower Back Pain

  • Age 55+
  • Female
  • 126 lbs
  • Lincoln, NE
  • Injury Status Recovering
  • Physical activity per week 8+ hours
  • Chronicity 18+ Months
  • Repeat injury? Yes
  • Additional Diagnosis/Symptoms Sciatica (pinched nerve, radiculopathy), Spinal Stenosis, Degenerative Disc Disease, Spondylolisthesis, Scoliosis, Sacroiliac Joint Dysfunction

Treatment Ratings

    Almost Cured
    NSAIDs - Anti Inflammatory drugs, Strengthening Exercises, Other, Stretching, Supportive Shoes, Chiropractor, Ice, Physical Therapy
    TENS/Electrical Stimulation, Mattress Change

About 10 years ago I began getting severe spasms. I began physical therapy. A neurosurgeon would not do surgery because of the way the damaged vertebra was positioned in relationship to the scoliosis. He sent me to a pain specialist who recommended anti-inflammatories and PT. The PT prescribed stretxhes and strengthening excercises. I continued practicing karate through this entire period. Sometimes i couldn't kick or do bag workouts. Slowly my back got better. I now do a complete karate workout. I'm never without pain, but it's a manageable pain I can live with. It seems to me that a conservative approach from many dirextions: PT, chiropractic, anti-inflammatories, exercise, lots of ice, and the patience to work through this has given my life back.

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