Does anyone have any tips or exercise plans for someone who has a very bad back (car wreck)? I need to work my abs in a terrible way, but conventional ab exercises hurt my back really badly. Any help, tips or exercises would be greatly appreciated. Thank you.
I blew out 2 discs completely in my lower back and have 8 herniated discs ranging from bottom of my neck all the way to lower back. It's been just over 3 years so I've done some PT and gotten stronger but I'm to a point where I can't think of anything else to do. I walk around 3 miles per day; sometimes up to 5, and at least an hour (broken up into increments) on an elliptical. I have 5lb dumbbells to work with as well. Thank you.
I hate to offer more questions than solutions, yet also don't want to suggest something to injury you further;could you be a little more specific when you say "conventional abs exercises ". What have you tried besides crunches/sit ups? And are you able to lay on your back and rotate or lift just your legs?
Again I apologize for the bombardment of questions, but like Viv, we really would like to help you out.
More than happy to answer any and all questions. Just sit ups and crunches are all I have really tired. I can lay on my back but haven't tried any rotation based moves. Up until my wreck I never tried any other kinds of exercises that didn't have to do with weights. I had been an athlete all of my life (softball, baseball, vollyball, basketball and track). I'm still pretty flexible and damned determined to get back into good shape.
I also can't thank y'all enough for taking an interest in helping me; it means the world.