People with lower back pain often ask Laser Spine Institute about stretches and strengthening exercises that they can use to help alleviate some of their discomfort. Prone leg extensions are one such exercise that can help improve a person’s spine strength to compensate for persistent pain in the lower (lumbar) part of the spine. Prone means that you do the exercises while lying down on your stomach.
Prone leg extensions work several different muscle groups at the same time. This exercise targets the muscles in the lower back, core and hips. Repeated two or three times per day, leg extensions can not only help alleviate the sensation of pain, but also increase the body’s flexibility and range of motion. This makes the exercise helpful for people who are looking to delay surgery or who are recovering from an outpatient procedure at Laser Spine Institute.
This exercise is performed while lying on your stomach. You can do this on your bed, a couch or the floor. If this position feels uncomfortable, add a pillow beneath your pelvis. (Laser Spine Institute wants to remind you that if you experience sudden, sharp pain or the pain that you are currently experiencing gets worse, don’t force yourself to finish the exercise and be sure to contact your physician or physical therapist before attempting it again.)
Once you’re in the proper starting position, follow these steps:
For more information about managing your lower back pain, contact Laser Spine Institute.
Alternative exercises should only be performed if recommended by your physical therapist or physician.
The Laser Spine Institute Exercise Video Series, including all functional activities, post-surgical exercises and descriptions were designed specifically for Laser Spine Institute patients only. If you have not been prescribed these exercises, you should contact your physician before starting this or any exercise program. Exercise is not without its risks, and this or any other exercise program may result in injury. Risks include, but are not limited to: risk of injury, aggravation of a pre-existing condition, or adverse effect of over-exertion such as muscle strain, abnormal blood pressure, fainting and disorders of heart beat. As with any exercise program, if at any point during your workout you begin to feel faint, dizzy, or have physical discomfort, you should stop immediately and consult your surgeon's liaison or physician.