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Low Back Physical Therapy Home Exercise Video Protocols 

Lower back pain is a very common diagnosis which affects people of all ages.  About 31 million people in America experience Lower Back Pain at any given time.  Per the Global Burden of Disease in 2010, Lower Back Pain is the single leading cause of disability worldwide.  50% of all working Americans complain of lower back pain every year, making it the most common reason for missed work.  Being the second most common reason for doctor's visits, Americans spend $50 billion annually on lower back pain.  Experts say that 80% of the entire population will have a lower back problem at some opint in their lives.  Lower back symptoms vary from "a sore back" to extreme 10 out of 10 lower back pain with radiating numbness and tingling down one or both legs.  Some conditions can be treated and managed conservatively with Physical Therapy and exercise, while more severe lower back conditions may require surgical intervention prior to performing Physical Therapy.  Common lower back conditions include bulging disc, herniated disc and stenosis.  Common lower back surgeries include laminectomy, discectomy, microdiscectomy and fusion.  Some lower back surgical procedures have precautions that should be followed during the recovery stages.  Everyone experiencing lower back issues should cautiously progress through a rehabilitation program.  The S.O.D. Lower Back Physical Therapy Exercise Video Protocols guide you through this recovery process. 

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Strengthening and Flexibility Workout Program: $22.95 

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This Lower Back Physical Therapy Home Exercise DVD program provides general lower back related educational information for 32 Physical Therapy exercise videos, including Static Stretches, Dynamic Stretches, Strengthening and Kettlebell Exercises, as well as proper Body Mechanics and Lifting Techniques. Used to help symptoms of sciatica and low back soreness or pain.  Explains basic flexibility to more advanced stability exercises. 
Herniated Disc, Bulging Disc and Spinal Stenosis - Physical Therapy Home Exercise Video Program: $26.95
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Bulging Discs do not usually pinch a nerve, and most of the time the person complains of lower back pain.  However, in a Ruptured or Herniated Disc, a piece of the disc breaks off and traps a nerve root in the spinal canal, not only causing lower back pain, but also leg pain as in Sciatica.

Spinal Stenosis is defined as decreased space in the spinal canal which occurs later in life.  Symptoms include heaviness, weakness and pain in the legs, which is worse with standing and walking.  Causes include bulging discs, bone spurs and thickened ligaments due to wear and tear, which take up spinal canal space and place pressure on the nerves.   

  Lower Back Herniated discs are prevalent among people aged 30-50, with males twice as likely as females.  95% of herniations occur at level L4-5 and L5-S1.  There seems to be a higher risk of herniated disc with smokers, repeated lifting at work and weight-bearing sports, such as weight lifting.  Amazingly, 19-27% of asymptomatic people present with herniated discs upon diagnostics imaging (MRI).   50% of those diagnosed recover within 4 weeks, and 96% will recover within 6 months.  Only 10% will eventually undergo corrective surgery.  One may consider surgery if there is persistent leg pain, weakness and functional limitations, which have not improved for 4 weeks.  If back pain is the only symptoms present, surgery may not be indicated.  Common corrective surgeries are Discectomy and Laminectomy.  Discectomy is the surgical removal of herniated disc matter that is pressing on a nerve root or spinal cord.  A Laminectomy has the same result and includes removal of part of the spinal vertebra. 

Lumbar Spinal Stenosis affects 8-11% of the US population, and most commonly presents as buttock and leg pain.  It is estimated that by 2021, 2.4 million Americans will be affected by Lumbar Stenosis.  Due to the Baby Boomers qualifying for Medicare, healthcare costs will sky rocket.  The present treatment consists of anti-inflammatory drugs, Physical Therapy and epidural steroid injections.  Unfortunately, only 15% of patients improve with this conservative protocol, while most will require surgical intervention if there has been no improvement within 3-6 months.  It is during this time that patients and surgeons will develop a trusting relationship, so follow-ups with your doctor are advised.  Trust in your surgeon will allow you to feel more comfortable if you must consider surgical intervention.  In regards to pain management, from 1997 to 2005 the cost of pharmaceuticals increased by 171%, the cost of outpatient procedures rose 74%, and the cost of inpatient procedures increased 25%.

This Lower Back Physical Therapy Home Exercise Video Protocol 
provides four phases of Physical Therapy Low Back exercise videos that will specifically progress you from the acute stages of a lower back bulging disc, herniated disc or spinal stenosis, to more aggressive techniques for those who are progressing well and transitioning into a Post Rehab Fitness Program.  Initial Physical Therapy exercises are basic, low intensity activities focused on mobility and stability while the later Physical Therapy exercise videos focus on strength, endurance and stability.  You will learn how to manage your symptoms, whether you are suffering from a bulging/herniated disc or stenosis, as well as what the differences are regarding the presentation of these conditions.  Over 65 Physical Therapy exercises in all, with follow along Physical Therapy routines for each phase.  These Physical Therapy exercises have been used to help many patients avoid back surgery.

It is strongly recommended that you obtain clearance from your doctor/surgeon prior to initiating this Rehabilitation DVD protocol

Lumbar Fusion, Laminectomy, Discectomy Surgery - Physical Therapy Home Exercise Video Program: $26.95
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Many times, if conservative treatment does not reduce or eliminate the lower back symptoms, a Fusion, Laminectomy, Discectomy may be performed in order to help stabilize the spine and remove pressure from the spinal cord and nerve roots.  By removing bone from the spine in order to decompress the nerves, instability usually results, leading to spinal fusion. 

This Lower Back Physical Therapy Home Exercise Video Protocol
 is comprised of 4 Lower Back exercise videos guiding and progressing you from the first week post surgery, to week 24.  Week 1-4 deals with basic lower back mobility and active range of motion strength training.  Week 4-8 deals with lower back stretches and core recruitment.  Week 8-12 increases the trunk stabilization training.  Week 12-24 teaches aggressive trunk dynamic stability and lifting techniques.  More than 60 Physical Therapy exercise techniques explained with follow along Physical Therapy routines.

It is strongly recommended that you obtain clearance from your doctor/surgeon prior to initiating this Rehabilitation DVD protocol.  Usually, you will not be able to perform any exercise until 4-6 weeks post surgery.  Click HERE for Post-Surgical Precautions

Lumbar Microdiscectomy - Physical Therapy Home Exercise Video Program: $24.95

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Lumbar Microdiscectomy is a surgical procedure performed to remove the portion of the intervertebral disc (nucleus pulposis) that has herniated and is pressing on the nerve root.  Being a "Microdiscectomy," it is minimally invasive and therefore the patient is able to recover quicker than other spinal procedures.  This Lower Back Physical Therapy Home Exercise Video Protocol is specifically focused on rehabilitation following a Lumbar Microdiscectomy surgery.  Week 1-3, Week 4-6, Week 7-11 include over 50 Physical Therapy Low Back exercise techniques with follow along routines.

It is strongly recommended that you obtain clearance from your doctor/surgeon prior to initiating this Rehabilitation DVD protocol.  Usually, you will not be able to perform any exercise until 4-6 weeks post surgery.  Click HERE for Post-Surgical Precautions

Posture And Body Mechanics - Physical Therapy Home Exercise Video Program: $22.95
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This Physical Therapy Exercise Video series is a "must-have" for everyone's video library.  In it, you will learn how to assess proper posture, common muscle imbalances due to poor posture, and corrective stretches and strengthening exercises.  You will discover the benefit of maintaining pelvic and scapula neutral postures, how to engage your core, and stabilize your scapulae/shoulders.  Many people have difficulty sleeping due to discomfort.  This set will show adjustments to your sleeping posture to help you get a better night's sleep.  You will then learn proper body mechanics during position changes and lifting activities (over 30 exercises).

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Sample Video

Centralization, Peripheralization and Lateral Shifts: This video provides Physical Therapy related information regarding radiating symptoms into the legs due to bulging or herniated discs or spinal stenosis of the lower back.  The terms centralization and peripheralization are discussed as well as repeated motions and lateral shift corrections in order to help treat the lower back condition.

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