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Re: Back Pain by geordiegirl on 28 July 2008 3:54pm
Belated sympathy & empathy, Ken. Back pain takes many forms (as Kazzzz says)- I have it occasionally. Horses for courses, I DO like chiropractors, they seem to sort me out & recommend good exercises but I feel the muscle practitioners all use the same sort of exercises, benefically.

Pete's dead right about ice/heat alternation. I tried it one night when I wasn't doing anything much around the house, and it really helped. I used a bag of frozen peas, though (this WAS advice from chiropractor. And now I always keep a pack in the freezer!

I'm glad that, at the time of writing, it's easier. About badminton - I may be quite wrong, but I wonder if using the same muscles regularly in the same sport will increase the likelihood of stress there?
Anyway, do Get Well Soon!
Re: Back Pain by Ken Dunn on 28 July 2008 4:52pm
Back aching/a bit stiff today but no spasms of severe pain. Hopefully it'll settle a bit more over the next few days when I've managed to get a short notice appointment with a physiotherapist on Thursday afternoon (3 days from now).
Re: Back Pain by Ken Dunn on 30 July 2008 11:57am
I had a great sleep last night but then a half pint of milk, a full bar of chocolate, a painkiller and a muscle relaxant are all known for their soporific value!
Re: Back Pain by Ken Dunn on 2 August 2008 5:08pm
Back pain easing at last. the physiotherapy is working but I need a rest after it.
Re: Back Pain by mrsthing on 2 August 2008 7:03pm
Chocolate makes you sleep? It winds me up!

When I first started PT for my back, it hurt more afterwards. But then it stopped hurting after one visit, about 4 weeks into treatment, and now it doesn't hurt at all, as long as I do my maintenance exercises and keep my legs strong. My arm is finally starting to improve, too! YAY!

Good luck, Ken--I hope you're pain free soon.
Re: Back Pain by Ken Dunn on 3 August 2008 5:22pm
mrsthing, I've had exactly the same effect as you because I managed to get up to the maximum reps of the prescribed exercises yesterday but today it is hurting more with a different type of pain.
I've decided on no reps today and restart on fewer tomorrow.

reps = number of times you do an exercise.
Re: Back Pain by Ken Dunn on 9 August 2008 2:58pm
My back spasms have eased significantly but I have a bit of general backache and am on fewer painkillers now. Should be fully fit again soon - or as fit as I can be for my age!
Re: Back Pain by geordiegirl on 11 August 2008 1:17pm
Has anyone recommended you any exercises for your back, Ken?

I have some for my hip, which is much improved thanks to a chiropractor, but he gave me exercises & at the signs of a twinge I do them again. Seems to help me.(I'm supposed to do them every day but somehow that never quite happens)

Anyway, I'm glad it's much easier.
Re: Back Pain by Ken Dunn on 11 August 2008 7:25pm
Still trying to get rid of the pain I have been able to reduce the number of painkillers I had to take. I was given some exercises by the physiotherapist but last Thursday they said I should stop doing some of them. Since then my back feels uncomfortable most of the time and hurts sometimes. Being on fewer painkillers is a relief as I was concerned about some of the side effects listed affecting me.
The physiotherapy is working but it's taking a while - it must be my age!
Re: Back Pain by Lounge Trekker on 11 August 2008 10:11pm
Time for the alternating heat and ice, Ken.

Stretch your back, and especially stretch your hams and hip flexors several times a day. Give yourself lots of time to stretch gradually increasing the count to 30 - 40 seconds then rest by lying flat on your back with your knees bent so your upper leg is at 90 degrees with the floor. You might try putting your feet on a chair to get this angle.

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