Review for Lower Back Pain

  • Age 55+
  • Male
  • 195 lbs
  • 6' 1"
  • Blanchard,Idaho
  • Injury Status In Pain
  • Have you felt depressed or hopeless in the last 7 days? Never
  • Physical activity per week 8+ hours
  • How much did pain interfere with your day-to-day activities in the past week? A little bit
  • Have you been off work or unemployed due to low-back pain? Yes, for over a year
  • Chronicity 18+ Months
  • How much did pain interfere with your enjoyment of life in the past week? A little bit
  • What best describes your pain level on average in the past week? Discomforting
  • Back pain interfere with sleep Every night
  • Back pain interfere with your personal care (washing, dressing etc) Not at all
  • Back pain interference with travel Sometimes
  • Additional Diagnosis/Symptoms Sciatica (pinched nerve, radiculopathy), Herniated disc (bulging disc, disc protrusion), Degenerative Disc Disease
  • Additional conditions Arthrithis, High blood pressure

Treatment Ratings

    NSAIDs - Anti Inflammatory drugs
    Not Improved
    Meditation, Stretching, Heat, Rest, Acupuncture, Cortisone Injection, Ice, Physical Therapy, Mattress Change,

My savior is Tai Chi. After surgery in 1999 I was much worse. I was locked in a 30% forward lean. Unable to bend forward or back and only able to sit stand or walk for no more then 40 mins before the pain level forced me to get off my back ( upper body weight)off my spine. After 3 years like this I found Tai Chi. After 6 months I started to straighten and by a year my posture was almost normal. Tai Chi gave me my life back. It taught me how to move, increased my flexibility, control my pain and gave me great balance which I never imagined was possible. I lead a very normal life know. My last MRI 5 years ago showed little or no dics L4-5 and5-6. The doctor said to keep doing what I was doing because I should be in a wheelchair. I do my Tai Chi regularly and also teach it. This was my miracle

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