What Exercises Can You Do to Ease Sudden Lower Back Pain?

By Steve Silverman

There's nothing like the anticipation of playing a round of golf. Whether you are taking an afternoon off of work or devoting a full day to it, standing on the first tee and launching a drive down the fairway gets you off to a great start. However, if you feel a sharp pain as you begin your downswing, your round of golf may be over and if you do continue to play, you'll feel quite concerned that the pain will return. It's best to get the back in better shape and stronger before you return to the course.

Cardiovascular Exercise

In order to strengthen your back--and any other vital area--it's never wrong to do cardiovascular exercises. When you are feeling sudden back pain, walking should be the cardiovascular exercise of choice. Walk at a moderate pace for at least 15 minutes. Walking on a softer surface, such as a running track at a high school or college, is much better for your back than walking on hard pavement.

Hip Extension

Get on all fours. Put your head down and then take your right leg and extend it until it is parallel to the floor while you point your toes to the back of the room. Hold the extension for a count of five. Put your right foot back, and then extend your left leg and point the foot to the back of the room. Hold it for a count of five. Do 10 extensions with each foot, take a 30-second break and repeat the set.

Knee Raises

Lie on your back and raise your knees to a 45-degree angle. Take hold of your right leg right behind the knee. Pull it up to your chest and hold it for 3 seconds. Return your leg to the 45-degree starting angle and then do the exercise a total of 10 times. Do the same exercise with the left leg. Take a 30-second break and repeat the set.

About The Author

Steve Silverman is an award-winning writer, covering sports since 1980. Silverman authored The Minnesota Vikings: The Good, The Bad and The Ugly and Who's Better, Who's Best in Football -- The Top 60 Players of All-Time, among others, and placed in the Pro Football Writers of America awards three times. Silverman holds a Master of Science in journalism from the Medill School of Journalism.


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