5 Exercises to AVOID with Lower Back Pain & Sciatica

Some of the most common exercises can actually put pressure on the spine and do lasting damage. Believe it or not, exercises like toe touches & sit-ups could be the reason why you’re not healing from your lower back pain or back-related injury.

Sometimes, the best way to manage this pain is by avoiding these actions all together. Physical therapist & cross-fit expert, Dr. David Lee, explains the top 5 exercises you should avoid if you suffer from lower back pain, sciatica & herniated disc.

Here are some of the exercises you should avoid to prevent pain & further injury of the lower back:

1.) TOE TOUCHES
Why? This common exercise may seem like a good way to strengthen lower back muscles, but may actually aggravate symptoms. Standing toe touches can put stress on the ligaments and vertebrae or even overstretch lower back muscles if you’re not careful.

2.) SIT-UPS
Why? Sit-ups are sometimes a good way to strengthen the abdominal core however they are too often performed incorrectly. Unless you have an experienced personal trainer, you run the risk of straining your hips and placing additional pressure on your spinal discs.

3.) RUNNING & JUMPING
Why? The repetitive up-and-down motion of running and jumping can put stress on ankles, knees, hips, and lower back. If you’re looking for an intense cardio workout that’s easier on joints, biking could be a better option.

4.) HEAVY LIFTING
Why? Whether at the gym or as part of your job, heaving lifting can stretch back muscles when bending over, and compress vertebrae while carrying. Carrying items overhead or on your shoulders can be especially damaging. Avoid living heavy objects, and make sure to bend at the knees rather than the back when lifting anything.

5.) GOLFING & TENNIS
Why? The quick movements, turning, and bending that comes with most athletic activity can damage the lower back over time and should be avoided. If you still want to play your favorite sport, talk with your doctor first and take extra caution. Warm up properly and try wearing a back brace for extra support.

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Medical Disclaimer:
All information, content, and material of this website is for informational purposes only and are not intended to serve as a substitute for the consultation, diagnosis, and/or medical treatment of a qualified physician or healthcare provider. This should not be used to self-diagnose or self-treat any medical condition. If your pain persists or you have difficulty performing these exercises, stop immediately and see your healthcare provider.