5 minute Physio Tip – Acute Low back pain: When are flexion, piriformis and glute stretches helpful

Acute low back pain – when to provide flexion based exercises

Patients often present with acute and subacute low back pain (LBP), and pain into flexion activities eg sitting and bending.

If the patient is painful into flexion, should we provide flexion based stretches and exercises eg knees to chest, piriformis, glute or hamstring stretches? When does it make sense to provide these exercises, and when should they be avoided in the early treatment stages?

What are acute low back pain scenarios where piriformis, glute, hamstring and flexion based stretches and movements appropriate, and when are they completely inappropriate and likely to aggravate someone’s back pain?

Find out in the 5 minute Physio tip from David Pope

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