Review for Lower Back Pain

  • Age 55+
  • Female
  • 144 lbs
  • 5' 0"
  • Madison, CT
  • Injury Status In Pain
  • Back pain causing leg pain No, I don't feel any leg pain
  • Repeat injury? No
  • Doctor/Care Giver Dr. Michael Rubinstein
  • Physical activity per week 0-4 hours
  • Number of Surgeries None
  • How much did pain interfere with your day-to-day activities in the past week? Quite a bit
  • Have you been off work or unemployed due to low-back pain? Not at all
  • Have you felt depressed or hopeless in the last 7 days? Sometimes
  • How much did pain interfere with your enjoyment of life in the past week? Quite a bit
  • What best describes your pain level on average in the past week? Discomforting
  • Chronicity 18+ Months
  • Walking distance with leg pain As far as I want
  • Sitting without having to change position 30 minutes
  • Standing without experiencing back pain 30 minutes
  • Pain when rising from a seated position No change
  • Back-Pain while bending forward Mild
  • Leg-Pain while bending forward No pain
  • Pain while bending backward No pain
  • Walk with no pain 1 mile
  • Sitting without back pain As long as I like
  • Standing without back pain One hour
  • Back pain interfere with sleep Sometimes
  • Back pain interfere with your personal care (washing, dressing etc) Not at all
  • Back pain interference with travel Sometimes
  • Additional Diagnosis/Symptoms Degenerative Disc Disease, Herniated disc (bulging disc, disc protrusion), Osteoarthritis (arthritis), Spinal Stenosis
  • Additional conditions Neck-pain, High blood pressure, Arthrithis

Treatment Ratings

    Acetaminophen, Walking/Hiking, Brace, Rest, Physical Therapy, Oral corticosteroids,
    Not Improved
    Acupuncture, Gokhale Method, Meditation, TENS/Electrical Stimulation, Stretching, Heat, Chiropractor, Ice, Supportive Shoes,

After being on my feet for an hour or more my back starts to hurt. I have to limit my shopping time or use a shopping cart to lean on. As the day goes on my back gets tired and I find my posture gets worse. I hate the rounded way I look and it affects my self-esteem

Every morning I walk my dog at the beach for a mile or mile and a half. I do stretching exercises most days and try to practice the Gokhale method.

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