Steven J. Atlas MD MPH

Stretches to ease backaches and fatigue

The following exercises should cause you to feel a gentle stretch, but no pain. Overhead stretch Stand comfortably with your feet shoulder-width apart. Looking straight ahead, raise both arms over your head and reach toward the ceiling. Do not allow your head to tilt back. Hold for 15 to 30 seconds, then lower your arms…

Lumbar Herniated Disc: Should I Have Surgery?

Guides you through the decision to have surgery for a herniated disc in the low back. Describes the types of surgery available, as well as nonsurgical treatment. Lists the benefits and risks of both types of treatment. Includes interactive tool to help you make your decision.

Press-up back extensions

Lie on your stomach, with your face down. Keep your elbows tucked into your sides under your shoulders. Press your elbows down into the floor to raise your upper back. As you do this, relax your stomach muscles and allow your back to arch without using your back muscles. Let your low back relax completely as you arch…