Flexion and Extension Intolerant - what does it mean?

“Flexion Intolerant” means your lower back doesn’t like bending forwards.  “Extension Intolerant” means it doesn’t like bending backwards.

This is a difficult combination.  It most frequently applies when one pain is worse for bending forwards and the other pain is worse for bending backwards.  Perhaps your lumbago is worse in flexion and your sciatica worse in extension.

But it can be that the same pain is worse for bending in either direction.

So, for your own sake, it’s best to minimise moving in both of these directions with your lower back.  At least for now.

In due course we’ll gradually build back up your capacity for these movements.  But try to minimise them for now.

Follow the other AXB guidance on rehab i.e. UIOLIBDAI / UIOLI and SLABS

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Lisa Marriage

Nice waking up without pain

I’d had low back pain and sciatica for a few months and been to the doctor and my local therapist. You confidently said I just had to stick to the plan we put together and that it would all be OK. You were spot on! Thanks. It’s so nice waking up without pain!

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Cameron Doyle

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Just wanted to say a huge thanks again. When, over twenty years ago, a surgeon told me to come back in a few years time when I was in a wheelchair because of my back, I can’t tell you what a downer that was. I am certain that following your plan has been a big part of making sure that never happened!

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Caterina Toniolo

I can't believe it

My pain was typically 5 out of 10 but could be as bad as 9 for the last four weeks. It was really terrible after sitting. Two weeks after starting your plan I’m down to 0 out of 10. I can’t believe it! Thank you so much!

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