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    Old 04-04-2019, 07:23 AM   #1
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    Physical Therapy for Lower Back Pain

    Hello:
    My MRI shows I have 'disk degenerative disk' on my lower back(waist line) along with 'Scoliosis' which appears to me 'age related' since I'm an elderly female. The pain started since this winter which was rainy and very damp, even though I had the pain on-and off since 2016. I love outdoor work, tending flowers and shrubs along with many sewing.

    When I visited 'Spine specialist,' he recommended 'injection,' however I'm hesitant as hearing that Injection works on some, but NOT always for others. I've been rather thinking of 'Physical Therapy' for alleviating the lower back pain. The pain is mostly when I get up from the bed in the morning and I do feel a bit of pain during day. I can walk normally, even can run even though I rarely do.

    I'd truly appreciate it if anyone would share Physical Therapy on the lower back pain.
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    Old 04-04-2019, 05:11 PM   #2
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    Re: Physical Therapy for Lower Back Pain

    As the name implies, “degenerative disc disease” is a situation caused by the degeneration of the spinal disc. The intervertebral disc is the soft, gelatinous “shock absorber” that is located between two bones in the spinal column. As we age the disc tends to dry out and it is affected by the forces of gravity pushing down on the spinal column and by the wear and tear caused by daily living. This degeneration is a normal part of the aging process but only causes problems when it causes pain.

    Nothing will restore the disc to the way it was when we were much younger...but certain treatments may make it less painful...conservative treatments such as a course of physical therapy, and, a series of epidural steroid injections...the two most common treatments for the condition. Unfortunately there is no way to know if any of this will help with your pain until you try them. I would suggest beginning with the least invasive...physical therapy.

     
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    Old 04-04-2019, 05:45 PM   #3
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    Re: Physical Therapy for Lower Back Pain

    I've blown out 3 lumbar area discs and had a lot of pain. I've done 10 sessions of PT and my exercises at home. Can't believe how much difference it has made!!! Definitely worth the effort...and I did a medrol dose pack too which helped...

     
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    Old 04-05-2019, 03:38 AM   #4
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    Re: Physical Therapy for Lower Back Pain

    Steroid injections can automatically help or due nothing. I recently had injections in my shoulder, due to pain- and it helped allot. The issue is that if you overdue something once it 'feels better" you can do more damage...also the more often you do steroid injections, the less likely they are to help.

    I would definitely try it once- see if it helps- but talk to your doctor about PT. It might very well help overall; aging issues happen, but they cannot be reversed, they can simply teach you how to work with it to relieve the pain.
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    Old 04-05-2019, 08:15 AM   #5
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    Re: Physical Therapy for Lower Back Pain

    [QUOTE] The pain is mostly when I get up from the bed in the morning and I do feel a bit of pain during day. I can walk normally, even can run even though I rarely do.[/QUOTE]

    You mentioned that you like to work outdoors with flowers and shrubs. I do lots of yard work myself and I have learned over the years to pace myself. Don't do too much in one day if you're not used to it and drink plenty of water. Otherwise, some of the pain could be due to muscle strain. Sometimes when I wake up in the morning I feel muscle strain. If I try to ignore it and move around fast, it will get worse. On the other hand, if I pay attention to it, move slowly, and immediately drink a glass of water, the strain will go away.

    I believe it may also have something to do with blood pressure. When we sleep our blood pressure can be much lower than it is during the day. My resting blood pressure during the day, without medication, is 100/50. I hate to think how low it must go when I'm sleeping. So I think it's helpful to do some light stretching before getting up and then drink a glass of water as soon as you are up.

    It's easy for us older folks to become dehydrated and that can contribute a lot to back problems.

     
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    Old 04-05-2019, 09:48 AM   #6
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    Re: Physical Therapy for Lower Back Pain

    Dear Tori,

    I'm not sure what you mean by 'sharing Physical Therapy on the lower back pain'. I think it best to ask your doctor for a referral for physical therapy then see what the therapist wants you to be doing. The therapist will teach you what to do and how to do it and how often.

    If you can, bend over at the knees, never at your waist. Or sit on a stool rather than to bend over.

    Another thing that helps a great deal is to get a back support and wear it, esp. when you have to bend over.
    I had to try different ones until I finally found one that works best for me.
    So keep the receipt and packaging until you find the support that you like.
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