If you have ever dealt with low back pain, you know the condition can include a variety of signs and symptoms—burning, numbness, stabbing pain, tingling, dull aching—and these symptoms can change over time.
Back Pain Causes
The wide range of low back pain symptoms results from an equally wide variety of causes. Perhaps you suffered a fall or lifted something too heavy. Maybe the chair you sit in at your home or work isn’t the best. You could have a spinal condition or be recovering from surgery.
Just as the causes of low back pain are unique, so are the appropriate treatment strategies to successfully manage it. In other words, treatment should be anything but “cookie-cutter.”
Consider the exercises below as starting points if you have been cleared for physical activity without restrictions by a medical professional. Start conservatively with 10-15 repetitions of each (or what you can tolerate). Increase to a maximum of 30 repetitions as you progress.
If you have been diagnosed with advancing arthritis of the spine or more specifically, spinal stenosis, a flexion-based program may be appropriate for you. These exercise below may be considered to begin stretching your spine and the muscles surrounding it..
Extension Based Exercise
If you have been diagnosed with a disc injury or condition, extension-based exercises may be recommended.
Core Strengthening Exercise
For conditions like osteoporosis, compression fractures in the lower spine, and post-spine surgery rehabilitation, it is important to strengthen muscles in and around the spine. These exercises can help.
Note: While a number of diagnoses were classified with common approaches for treatment, remember every case is unique. What works for one person may not be appropriate for another. Always consult with a medical professional to discuss the best treatment options for you.