Pain in the lower back or low back pain is a common concern, affecting up to 90% of Americans at some point in their lifetime. Up to 50% will have more than one episode. Low back pain is not a specific disease, rather it is a symptom that may occur from a variety of different processes. As practitioners we are here to figure out the cause of your back discomfort. Many different soft tissues can refer pain to the lower back. In addition to muscular pain, organs such as the kidneys and the large intestine can increase the pain and tension to the back and cause the pain. Bulging disc, sacro-iliac joint disorder, facet irritation, stenosis and other common back issues should also be ruled out.
Below is the picture of the lower back showing common conditions, to better understand the anatomy.
If there is just a mild discomfort or tension in the lower back and no sharp pain is present the following exercises will help to decrease the chances of further complications. This being said asking for someone else's opinion is a good idea, since these exercises could heighten the pain if performed with an inflamed back.
The exercises below will be the same (or similar) to rehabilitation exercises that would be used to get back to normal activity after an injury.
If you have any questions please contact us by email, it's free and we would prefer to prevent injuries. We can also forward you these images.
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