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53and6

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Posted: 25 Apr 2010, 22:35
hi guys! i was wondering if anyone knows good exercises for people with a bad back? i can't do much right now anyway (off work with a herniated disk Confused), but i want to slowly start working into things....

thanks!
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Yvonne2525

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Posted: 27 Apr 2010, 09:56
Sounds like you probably need to sit down. If you are a member at a gym then there is a bike ther that has you in a sitting position. That would be better on your back. You just sit down and work your legs.
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rolliepollie...

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Posted: 05 May 2010, 21:22
I under went spinal surgery in 2000 for two ruptured disc L2&L3 it pinched the nerve at L1 so I know have nerve damage in my left leg. Moderate walking ,stretching exercises and a swimming pool is what put me back on track. This condition has certainly changed my level of activates.
elsobes

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Posted: 05 May 2010, 22:57
you'll find swimming to be one of the most beneficial things you can do with minimal pain.
strongest

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Posted: 05 May 2010, 23:17
Water aerobics, swimming or ride a bike!!! Smart to take it easy Smile
alwaystheoce...

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Posted: 13 May 2010, 13:22
be careful with that disc herniation - i had back surgery 3 years ago at age 26 to fix mine - because i didn't listen to my body and kept pushing. it's no fun and i don't recommend it if you don't have to.

i second the idea of swimming, or anything it the water - it's great because it takes all the pressure of your vertebral discs. actually if you can do laps with a mask and snorkel ( i know it's silly) but it keeps you from having to make that twisting motion which can aggravate your injury. i did a water physical therapy class which was great and challenging - see if you can find one. as for the bike - it depends, i found that sitting aggravated my condition, so i avoided it. also, elliptical may cause too much movement in the pelvis, so just be careful and listen to your body.

acupuncture really helped me with the pain and definitely made my surgical recovery smoother.
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53and6

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Posted: 14 May 2010, 07:29
very true...i can sit for long periods of time, if it's a chair my back will tolerate. if not, just an hour can throw the back out o' whack. i am having surgery, prolly next month sometime. we'll see how it goes i guess....

alwaystheoce...

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Posted: 14 May 2010, 22:42
good luck with the surgery. i hope it goes smoothly and your recovery is quick!
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erynn1010

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Posted: 16 May 2010, 10:26
I've had herniated disk issues as well & the stretching exercises with walking is really what was best for me. Good luck with your surgery!
Jill-gill

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Posted: 16 May 2010, 12:33
I too had a back op to remove part of the disc - I had terrible sciatica. The 2 best things (from a physio's mouth - not mine ) are as above - swimming - preferably front or back crawl - not breast until you are better and mild pilates excersises. You have to have a strong core and pliates is the only excersise to do this properly for bad backs - Not yoga.
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53and6

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Posted: 17 May 2010, 12:23
thanks, jill. i had asked my pt about yoga, and he gave me a big no. i had always assumed pilates and yoga were similar. now that i know, i'm going to really look into it, cos i'm all about my core!

suziem

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Posted: 19 May 2010, 10:45
I had a neck fusion 4 yrs ago and went to a neurosurgeon yesterday. I know how frustrating it is! Glad you asked this question. I hope all goes well with you. I have done water aerobics and found it great (no teachers here now so not available). I tried breast lap swimming and it was too painful, I didn't know why...thanks Jill. I didn't think of doing back crawl. That I bet I could do...or the underwater thing. My podiatrist suggested a recumbant bike. Did that but still have some pain. Hope you find something that will work for you!
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