Our PTs have seen thousands of people for low back pain.
That means A LOT of histories taken, goals discussed, evals done, plans made to figure out how to get from point A to point B. Painful to pain free.
No matter what is going on with a lumbar spine (ie: “I have a bad disc,” “I tore a muscle,” “My back goes out,” “It hurts if I sit too long” . . . ) it needs to be strengthened in a disciplined, structured way in order to get back to being healthy and pain free.
There is no one size fits all exercise or cluster of exercises. “What’s the best exercise for ____?”
Well, it depends what the problem is and what we’re trying to treat. Truly.
So, every back is different and people need to start with different exercises to fit their scenario.
THAT SAID, here is an intermediate to advanced cluster of “core” exercises that most of us need more of!
If you can, work on one until your abs burn (say 30-45 seconds,) move on to the next, then the next, then repeat for 3-4 sets (provided your low back is pain free.) Give it a try! They’re probably going to be pretty tough!