Patient Comments: Lower Back Pain - Exercises and Stretches


What stretches and exercises have helped with your lower back pain? Submit Your Comment

Comment from: Wayde, 55-64 Male (Patient) Published: December 20

Anderson stretches of the shoulders, arms, back, neck and lower back have helped with my lower back pain, plus I also do the floor exercises that are in this same category. And within 3 months I went from not being able to walk or sit normally to being perfectly fine and living pain free!

Comment from: Skippy, 45-54 Female (Patient) Published: March 23

I have terrible night sweats, it seems as soon as I get dry it happens again, like a faucet on and off all night long. When you are a woman and have any sweating, right off they say menopause. I had my last period 7 years ago and this is the worst it has ever been. I even tried all over-the-counter medications and for the first 2 years took hormone pills. Now I have been off hormone pills for 5 years and I am a hot mess.

Comment from: drbo, 35-44 Male (Caregiver) Published: April 28

Reengaging core muscles is more often than not the best initial treatment for mechanical low back pain. You do not have to live with low back pain. Exercise and chiropractic care are the best places to start.

Comment from: Godsdotterone, 45-54 Female (Caregiver) Published: January 07

Massages and backrub have helped with my lower back pain.

Comment from: jallyndc, Male (Caregiver) Published: January 31

Most 'authorities' will tell you that you must strengthen your 'core muscles'. They will not instruct you to stretch these muscles. But think logically for a moment... over time our core muscles shorten due to repetitive forward posture and strain. In the absence of facet syndrome, you need to STRETCH core muscles and hip flexors. One of the MOST important hip flexor is your Psoas Major. Also, although the quadriceps muscle group does not function primarily in hip flexion, it does assist. Make sure you 'quads' are NOT shortened and painful. Your h.c. professional can help you implement passive and active stretching protocols.

Comment from: wfg, 75 or over Male (Patient) Published: June 19

I had lower back pain and had surgery with metal implant in my lower back.

Comment from: Haseeb, 19-24 Male (Patient) Published: November 08

I have suffered from a severe back pain that went from waist to my right leg after suffering from dengue. I vomited almost 30 to 40 times in 3 days during vomiting. When my stomach was empty vomiting came. Nothing came out but those jerks were so intense that they were like somebody hit me with a bat. I was free from dengue after 7 days. On 9th day I had a severe pain. I was unable to sit or walk. I was screaming, even went in emergency one night and I was admitted due to pain and my x-rays+MRI were clear. One of the doctors gave me a treatment after two weeks. He injected steroids. I am fine. My pain is gone, but I want to know that whether this steroid will effect permanently or temporarily because we can't say anything to docs in Pakistan. They do what they want to do. Please tell me. I don’t want my pain to start again. Doc told me it’s some kind of ligament strain due to excessive vomiting.

Comment from: Pharmaspider websear, 19-24 Male (Patient) Published: October 11

Being a chronic back pain sufferer, I've used multiple back pain treatments including a TENS unit, massage therapy, rehabilitation, back pain exercises and back strengthening exercises, heat and cold therapy, various back pain medicine including NSAIDs and prescription back pain relievers, etc. I've learned that strengthening and conditioning your back (stomach muscles) really helps minimize injury and inflammation, as well as learning how to lift properly, bending and twisting properly, etc. My back pain causes began with the birth of my first child, then a serious car accident in '97. Physical therapy is a very good option to relieve chronic back pain, and proper ergonomics, stretching, etc. are very important. I try to help others learn what they can do to reduce their back pain naturally, etc. from what I’ve learned in my journey at my personal back pain blog, Stop Back Pain Cause Now. I really appreciate your information, and utilize it regularly as a reference when researching or answering others' questions. Thank you very much for your invaluable information.

Comment from: inri143, 25-34 Male (Patient) Published: February 01

I was in the 24 hour fitness and I was doing the squats and the cleans and not the medicine ball the big beach ball. I had the 25 pd weight and I was doing the sit-ups crunches and now within a week my lower back is hurting so I’m trying to think of a way to get healthy asap. It should be all right within 2 weeks but I’m not going to take any time off.

Comment from: wolfwarrior, 45-54 Male (Patient) Published: February 09

I've had severe lower back pain for several years after I had 2 brain surgeries. I went to a pain management physician on 7/14 for an epidural steroid injection, which worked a miracle for 2 months. Pain returned and I had a 2nd injection which fell short, the pain is severe again. I'm hoping the 3rd injection this March will last permanently.


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Comment from: john kaycher, 25-34 Male (Patient) Published: August 19

Thanks for this wonderful article. My back problems seems to have subsided. Some exercises helped too among other things I do daily. Your core muscles are vital and one should keep them healthy. I receive advice from various sources and make the better choice out of them. This was helpful.

Comment from: bob, 55-64 Male (Patient) Published: June 09

For my back pain, I did at-home exercises for sciatica.

Comment from: faye, 55-64 Female (Patient) Published: May 11

I am having back pain so severe I can barely do anything. It started in my lower back and now the lower part of my belly and right leg also hurts. I went to the E.R. yesterday and they gave me an injection of valium to ease the muscle spasms.

Comment from: jess, 45-54 Female (Patient) Published: March 24

I am a 49 and a female I had back surgery for a pinched nerve over 5 years ago. I have had some back spasms from time to time that reoccur I am on a steroid just for a short time but in much pain. It seems more muscular. I had a fall about 2 weeks ago felt like I hurt it. I am active slightly about 15lbs overweight I do walk on my treadmill 3 times a week.

Comment from: Graciela, 65-74 Female (Patient) Published: March 24

I had strong excruciating lower back pain in the morning when I got up. My internist told me that was arthritis and prescribed pain killers. I hate to take medication so I put-up with the pain for one year until I visited my nephew's chiropractor who told me that my back muscles were hard as a rock. I went for two weeks, 6 sessions, and electrodes on that part for 15 minutes, spine adjustment and some exercises, 1 hour total. It was a miracle; I don't have any more pain in the morning since two months ago. I wish I would have done it before.

Comment from: AmitD, 25-34 Male (Patient) Published: March 18

I had this issue of lower back pain... I did the followng for a week and I have been experiencing major improvement now.. 1. Lie down on your stomach with hands and legs stretched outwards 2. Slowly lift both legs up, without beding them 3. Hold them for a couple of seconds 4. Repeat this for a set of 11 twice It has worked wonders for me....


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