Stephen J. Schueler, M.D.

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Lumbar Disk Disease Back Exercises

Back exercises for a herniated disk may include:

  • Abdominal crunch:
    • Lie flat on your back with your knees drawn up to 90 degrees and your feet planted on the floor.
    • Place your hands behind your head and begin by slowly raising your shoulders 1" off the floor.
    • Then return to the resting position.
    • Focus on flexing the abdominal muscles when you raise your head and shoulders.
    • Do not use your arms to lift your head and bend your neck.
    • You must use your stomach (abdominal) muscles to perform the exercise.
  • Shoulder shrugs: rotate shoulders upward and backward.
  • Lower neck and upper back stretch:
    • Stand up; place your hands together in front of you.
    • Bend your neck and upper back forward.
    • Reach your hands toward the floor.
  • Seated low-back stretch:
    • Sit on a chair with both feet planted squarely on the floor.
    • Bend down and place your head between your knees.
    • Touch your fingertips on the floor between your feet.

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Last Updated: Mar 19, 2009 References
Authors: Stephen J. Schueler, MD; John H. Beckett, MD; D. Scott Gettings, MD
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