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Do you have low back pain and looking for some low back pain relief? If so, then you’ll want to add these 7 exercises from PACE Physical Therapy.
Our disks are made up of softer inside and tougher outer wall substances and their primary responsibility is to act as shock absorbers between the spine joints as we move. A big component of our disks at birth is water and as we age the disk will loose water – so they get thinner. However, this DOES NOT mean you will have pain or get a herniation.
For some people, as their disks get thinner, they may experience pain and this is termed “degenerative disk disease”. According to Dr Jessica Warnecke, PT, DPT, OCS, PCES from PACE Physical Therapy “Pain can range from dull & achy to sharp & stabbing. You may notice symptoms into your butt & thighs that come/go or remain constant. You may have difficulty sitting, bending, lifting or twisting.” However, symptoms can vary between people and even vary within one individual from one day to the next. This is why you work with a good healthcare professional who will look at your unique body and listen to your symptoms, limitations and goals in order to create a specialized treatment plan and program that will actually work and help you feel better.
Here are 7 Exercises to Help With Your Degenerative Disk Disease. Be sure to check out Dr. Warnecke’s video below on how to perform these exercises!
1) Squat To Hinge With Weight
2) Prone Hip Extension Lifts Over Cone
3) Increase Cone Height For Greater Challenge
4) Deep Squat With Weight Shift – increase challenge by using a weight
5) Back Extension
6) Lower Trunk Rocking
7) Cat Cow
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