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lower back pain

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a couple of years ago i hurt my back, i can't remember if i hurt it skiing or if it was skiing that sealed the deal but i remember at the end of the day i could barely get off the chair or take off my boots.. for the next two days i couldn't do things like bend down to tie my shoes without serious pain.. it would always go away after a couple days and then it was just a lingering soreness until i went skiing again and it started all over.. so i pretty much gave up on all physical activity that winter.. the pain has never come back since then but the 'soreness' does come back every now and then, like right now, we just had a powder day and im feeling a little sore in my lower back, a little stiff.. it worries me that it might blow up into the full fledged back pain i had two years ago and ruin my winter..

i had seen a physiotherapist over a year ago about this and she reccomended some stretching exercises, and some core ab strengthening exercises, she said i most likely suffered from a muscle imbalance, etc.. however i've since lost the sheet with all the exercises i was supposed to do and i live in another city now.. can anyone point me to a site with good stretching and strengthing exercises to help keep this lower back pain problem at bay? thanks
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Originally Posted by stebed
i had seen a physiotherapist over a year ago about this and she reccomended some stretching exercises, and some core ab strengthening exercises, she said i most likely suffered from a muscle imbalance, etc.. however i've since lost the sheet with all the exercises i was supposed to do and i live in another city now.. can anyone point me to a site with good stretching and strengthing exercises to help keep this lower back pain problem at bay? thanks
Sorry about your back, I know how it feels. A car accident left me with several herniated discs and I also tore all the muscles in my back. I have had back problems ever since. Your problem sounds somewhat serious. I have the same symptoms you describe after skiing. I alleviated my problems by taking a product called sportlegs. I have no pain and I can get out of the car with no problems after skiing. I would talk to a Dr. I know when I was released from the hospital my primary Dr. had me see a physiotherapist for rehab. The Dr. made the diagnosis.
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Without more info, I'd suggest this site for low back pain exercises:

http://www.nismat.org/orthocor/programs/lowback.html

But to get fit, I'd really recommend you work with a therapist who can help you design a complete fitness program.
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I also feel your pain and I would agree that you need to see a sports orthopedist if you haven't been to one previously. Seems like an MRI of your lower spine would be in order.

There are different exercises you should be doing based on whether your symptoms are flaring up. According to my PT, you don't want to do some of the more strenuous core strengthening exercises when you are hurting, but there are ones you can do that will be helpful during a flare up. It would be worth talking to a new PT where you relocated. Yoga would be appropriate when your back feels okay and your PT and Doc agree (I wish I would have started Yoga 20 years ago!).

In the meantime, you could treat the soreness in your back with over-the-counter Ibuprofen or Naproxen. I hope you feel better.
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