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Lower Back Pain

post #1 of 11
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The season is soon to come and the pain in my lower back is not soon to go away. I have been experiencing lower back pain for 4-6 weeks. I have seen a physical therapist tech and he gave me a series of stretching exercises which seemed to help for about a week. I am beginning to wonder about arthritis?? If so, how do I get to feel better for the upcoming season?? A trip to Tahoe is in order for March, however, the back has to feel better than this before I book a trip.
post #2 of 11
Hi Quadride,

I have been suffering with lower back stuff for more than the 40 years I have been skiing. There is much information to look at if you are an information quester. There is much technology (expensive) available to discern where the problem lies and what could've been its causes. Did you change any routines or do something stupid like lift a box of 125# or so without using your knees? Back pain may be an indication of some bodily changes. The well meaning people on this forum (myself included) can't give you any kind of accurate information here. There are simply too many variables.

Not to impugn the value and knowledge of a good PT, I think that is in the middle or end of the chain of information gathering and analysis. Depending on your medical practitioner inclinations, find a good osteo guy, or chiropractor, accupunturist, or ... Find a medical practitioner that you trust who has studied the spine and the mind body connection, at least. (Back stuff could be very psycho oriented!)

Back to my first sentence. My problem is getting worse with age, and yet, for the most part, it hasn't affected my skiing. Skiing well should not be invasive to the back.

Good luck and keep your plans for the trip in March. If you are well enough to simply ask us, you are probably just a little tired and need a good spa!
post #3 of 11
Quadride, try taking your wallet out of your hip pocket. Very simple cure to back pain when there is no underlying physical cause. My kids gave me a checkbook size wallet many years ago and the difference it made is pretty amazing. I never had any disc or other serious back issues, yet I still had lower back pain almost constantly until I took my wallet out and put it in my suit coat pocket.
post #4 of 11
My wallet sits on my desk most of the day and on the console when I drive. BIG DIFFERENCE.

The Yoga "Sun Salutation" if done daily will put all the chiropractics out of business. (no factual evidence available

post #5 of 11
Good suggestions here, especially about the wallet. Posture is key. Keep up the stretching and get yourself in shape. I was a long time sufferer of LBP. In my early 20's, I was out of shape and in pain. I went to a chiropractor, which really helped, but if I got off that program, pain would return eventually. I have been running since 98, and have had little back pain. The only real pain I had was in 00 when I let my running come to a halt for a while.

The problem with a PT is they can't diagnose. They are kind of like Pharmasists. They just fill a script. I would recommend a trip to a chiripractor if you can a get a recommendation from a friend. If not, be careful about picking one out.

Find one that looks like they keep themselves in shape. I don't want someone taking care of me that can't take care of themselves.

Ask them if they believe that Chiropractic can cure the common cold. These guys should know where their limits are.

If these don't work out, go see an othropedist as a last resort, since they love to use the knife, I avoid them.
post #6 of 11
Originally posted by CAPBOY:
...The problem with a PT is they can't diagnose. ....
My PTs have always diagnosed. My experience with doctors and backs is that the doctors make sure you don't have any nerve trouble, then they send you on to a PT to find out what's really wrong. (Same with knees, come to think of it.) If they can't operate, they ain't interested...

[ September 29, 2002, 08:45 PM: Message edited by: segbrown ]
post #7 of 11
Originally posted by CAPBOY:
The problem with a PT is they can't diagnose. They are kind of like Pharmasists. They just fill a script.
Oh dear - so I wasted all that training & all these years experience...

I'd better go tell all my patients to ignore all my advice ASAP

Oh & it is spelt PHARMACIST you
post #8 of 11
Disski, I had no idea you were a PT! The problem with some health plans in the states is that they won't let the PT make a diagnose. The patient has to go through the red tape of having a doc diagnose, and then make a referral to a PT. But this is not always the case. Depend supon the plana.

On the subject of dianostics, if you suspect arthritis, even the best doc in the country cannot diagnose you over the internet. Somebody mentioned the Sun Salutation. Depending on your condition, that can absolutely dripple you forever. Which is why an accurate diagnose is crucial.

As far as chiros go, do a search on this forum for "chiro quacks". Its a hit or miss situation, and you need to be careful.

In many threads on this forum, we have discussed the transverse abdominal muscle at length. The transverse is responsible for balance, stability, alignment and supporting your internal organs. No amount of stretching or crunching will help if your transverse is inactive. Need to get to work, but if you search for transverse abdominal muscle, you will get some useful info. Good luck!
post #9 of 11
I used to have permanent dull pain in my lower back, particularly when getting up from lying flat. I cured it by putting a board under my mattress. It only comes back now when I stay in cheap hotels with sagging beds.

p.s. I'm not qualified in anything relevant to give you advice, just saying what worked for me!
post #10 of 11
Here is my 2 cents worth. I started experiencing lower back pain in the late 30s. I went to orthos, chiros, back specialists, and had limited success. The back specialist sent me to a PT who gave me a stretching routine which has kept me almost pain free for the last 10 years. Since I have been stretching my back does not go "out" like it used to.
post #11 of 11
In the late 30s??? What am I missing here?? [img]tongue.gif[/img]
Stretching will definitely relieve the symptoms. Postural alignment, relearning biomechanics and core strength will deal with the actual probelm.
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