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Lower Back Pain Help (for Dad)

Ok. I posted this in the over 35 section because i think the people here would be able to help more. My dad is 48 years old. He injured his back in [think it was college] when he was playing a tennis game, and he extended too far to hit the ball, but after that he couldnt move for a few days. Ever since that, his lower back has always caused him pain, so when he does anything similar to a deadlift, its difficult. Are there any type of stretches or lower back strengthning excersizes he can do?

Btw, hes 5’6", around 155lb. Hes never done weights before, but during his early years (school to uni) he was a top athlete, but ever since the injury things have been slowing down. Im pretty sure hes still capable of a lot.

I dont think his test slow down at all, because at 48 he doesnt have a gut (no abs tho) eats relitively clean (no junk but a few white flour products) and is in pretty good shape despite never training.

Also, what type of training should he do? He has to work around the extremely difficult lifts, because he gets little sleep due to work. He isnt working on getting a bodybuiler physique or anything, but just wants to be healthy and strong, ESPECIALLY his back.

All help is appriciated, thanks.

P.S. If you have any questions, feel free to ask, ill ask my dad

[quote]ahzaz wrote:
Ok. I posted this in the over 35 section because i think the people here would be able to help more. My dad is 48 years old. He injured his back in [think it was college] when he was playing a tennis game, and he extended too far to hit the ball, but after that he couldnt move for a few days. Ever since that, his lower back has always caused him pain, so when he does anything similar to a deadlift, its difficult. Are there any type of stretches or lower back strengthning excersizes he can do?

Btw, hes 5’6", around 155lb. Hes never done weights before, but during his early years (school to uni) he was a top athlete, but ever since the injury things have been slowing down. Im pretty sure hes still capable of a lot.

I dont think his test slow down at all, because at 48 he doesnt have a gut (no abs tho) eats relitively clean (no junk but a few white flour products) and is in pretty good shape despite never training.

Also, what type of training should he do? He has to work around the extremely difficult lifts, because he gets little sleep due to work. He isnt working on getting a bodybuiler physique or anything, but just wants to be healthy and strong, ESPECIALLY his back.

All help is appriciated, thanks.

P.S. If you have any questions, feel free to ask, ill ask my dad[/quote]

Has he seen a spine doctor? Gotten an MRI or tried chiropractry? What exactly is wrong with his back? More than 85% of rehabbing a back is knowing precisely what is wrong with it in the first place. I herniated a disk almost 4 months ago myself and have seen 3 spine doctors, 2 physical therapists and am now seeing an acupuncturist.

The first doctor diagnosed my problem and set up the MRI appointment as prep for an operation. The second spine doctor looked at my MRI and my mobility and pain improvement and said I didn’t need an op. The third doctor said he wanted to do some nerve and muscle tests and following that left the decision of whether to operate up to me. I decided not to have it.

My point is that by the time I was done with all the doctors, I knew exactly what was up with my back, how bad it was and the what the prognoses were with and without surgery. Folks on the forum can’t really touch this one without knowing more because the possiblity exists that what we advise may hurt your father worse. Few of us are spine doctors. We may know some practical things from our own rehab experiences, but those things may not apply to your father.

More background please - we do want to help, if possible.

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[quote]skidmark wrote:
ahzaz wrote:
Ok. I posted this in the over 35 section because i think the people here would be able to help more. My dad is 48 years old. He injured his back in [think it was college] when he was playing a tennis game, and he extended too far to hit the ball, but after that he couldnt move for a few days. Ever since that, his lower back has always caused him pain, so when he does anything similar to a deadlift, its difficult. Are there any type of stretches or lower back strengthning excersizes he can do?

Btw, hes 5’6", around 155lb. Hes never done weights before, but during his early years (school to uni) he was a top athlete, but ever since the injury things have been slowing down. Im pretty sure hes still capable of a lot.

I dont think his test slow down at all, because at 48 he doesnt have a gut (no abs tho) eats relitively clean (no junk but a few white flour products) and is in pretty good shape despite never training.

Also, what type of training should he do? He has to work around the extremely difficult lifts, because he gets little sleep due to work. He isnt working on getting a bodybuiler physique or anything, but just wants to be healthy and strong, ESPECIALLY his back.

All help is appriciated, thanks.

P.S. If you have any questions, feel free to ask, ill ask my dad

Has he seen a spine doctor? Gotten an MRI or tried chiropractry? What exactly is wrong with his back? More than 85% of rehabbing a back is knowing precisely what is wrong with it in the first place. I herniated a disk almost 4 months ago myself and have seen 3 spine doctors, 2 physical therapists and am now seeing an acupuncturist.

The first doctor diagnosed my problem and set up the MRI appointment as prep for an operation. The second spine doctor looked at my MRI and my mobility and pain improvement and said I didn’t need an op. The third doctor said he wanted to do some nerve and muscle tests and following that left the decision of whether to operate up to me. I decided not to have it.

My point is that by the time I was done with all the doctors, I knew exactly what was up with my back, how bad it was and the what the prognoses were with and without surgery. Folks on the forum can’t really touch this one without knowing more because the possiblity exists that what we advise may hurt your father worse. Few of us are spine doctors. We may know some practical things from our own rehab experiences, but those things may not apply to your father.

More background please - we do want to help, if possible.[/quote]

I have had c-spine surgery and what skidmark has said is so true. you need to know whats wrong to fix it.

Ok, i’m pretty sure he went to a doctor, so ill ask him exactly what the doctor said. If he doesnt recall perfectly, or anything, ill try to get him to go to another doctor. thanks.