Low Back Pain Exercise Guide
Rules For Safety and Success

This low back pain exercise guide will help you prevent re-injury while engaging in your lower back pain exercise program.

The key to success is regular exercise and avoiding irritation and re-injury.

Following this low back pain exercise guide will help you do just that.

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  1. Proper diagnoses is essential. You and your doctor must be able to correlate your pain with a diagnosis. In other words, the cause of your pain needs to be identified. If you are diagnosed with DDD and that is not the cause of your pain then all treatment to address your pain that is focused on treating DDD will most likely not affect you pain.
  2. Always follow the instructions and advice of your treating physician and therapist. After all, they are the experts and you are paying for their care and advice. They may be wrong, but follow their instructions until you or your doctor are convinced otherwise. If treatment fails to give relief inform your doctor so he can make changes in your treatment plan. If you are not satisfied or fail to respond don't hesitate to get another opinion or switch doctors.
  3. Make sure if you are seeing a medical doctor, a chiropractor and a therapist that you have them coordinate your treatments. It is certainly not wise to be treating with separate doctors for the same condition and be receiving conflicting advice or treatments that may be counteractive or work against their specific treatment goals. Stay with one doctor as your primary care provider and have the other doctors and therapists render supportive care. If one tells you to exercise and the other not to then you are left to decide for yourself. You may end up eventually being your own doctor and following your own advice but as long as you are paying for healthcare from a doctor then you should let them be the decision maker.
  4. Listen to your body. If any exercise seems to aggravate or worsen your pain stop doing that exercise and report it to your doctor or therapist so appropriate changes or alterations can be made. Some exercise discomfort can be expect as well as muscle soreness. Pain, on the other hand, is not something you should experience. Stop doing any exercise that causes you pain and report this to your physician or therapist.
  5. Start out using little or no weights. As you progress you can gradually add more resistance (weights), more sets, more reps and/or more exercises. You are making exercise a part of your daily activities and have a lifetime. Don't try or think you can hurry the healing and rehabilitative process. It takes time to rebuild your body, especially injured or ailing areas. Trying to do too much too soon will get you nowhere except re-injured. In the end you will only be making the healing a longer process.
  6. If you find yourself becoming too sore or fatigued take a day or two off from your exercising (I recommend you still do some walking). This short break will allow you to recuperate and refocus. Bear in mind as we age our recuperative and healing process will take longer. A fifty-five year old will need a little more time to recuperate from a work-out than a twenty-five year old. Also, if you haven't been a regular work-out kind of person you will take longer to build fitness than someone who already has a good fitness base from years of working-out.
  7. Lastly, mix-it-up to max-it-out. Don't stick to one workout routine forever. Once you have done the basics and have rehabilitated your lower back you should engage in a variety of exercises and activities. The body gets use to routine and will not further progress or build as readily with the same workout week in and week out. So, you need to perform different exercises, different sets and reps, different leisure and sport activities. Children do this everyday when it comes to play and sports... you should also.

Following this low back pain exercise guide will help you do just that.

Throughout this website you will find specific exercises for specific lower back conditions. Each diagnosis will include specific targeted exercises and a program outline.

Copy the information and show your doctor or therapist. They will be able to recommend and advise you on what you should and should not be doing.

Don't try to take short-cuts or hurry your progress. Follow the advice in this low back pain exercise guide to help ensure a safe and successful outcome for your efforts.

The information here is strictly for informational purposes only and not advice or recommendation of care or treatment.

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