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Can anyone give me a recommendation for exercises to strengthen the lower back after an injury that can be done standing up or sitting? Let me explain.

My back pain itself has improved somewhat since I last posted, with the exception of first thing in the morning getting out of bed. When I sit up and put my feet on the floor in the morning my back and stomach hurt, a lot, and it takes a few minutes with a heating pad to get the pain to calm down. This makes me very reluctant to lie down during the day to do any stretches or rehab since I know it will hurt to get back up.

The other problem I'm having is that I am very stiff in the lower back and along the sides of my waist. When I stand or walk, I feel like I am off balance and walking is difficult. The way I describe it is it feels as if I have put on a lot of weight and that holding my body upright in a natural position is difficult. (But I haven't put on any weight.) I am thinking this is a result of the muscles in the lower back weakening from the inactivity of the past three months. I'm usually an active person and do a lot of exercise when I'm not injured. I really want to start doing some stretches and exercises to help the back muscles regain their strength, but I just can't do them lying down.

My M.D. now suggests I see a physiatrist (rehab physician), which makes more sense to me than an orthopedic doctor because the indications are that this is a soft tissue problem. I am hopeful that such a doctor can help me with a rehab program, but it's going to be something of a wait before I can get an appointment. That's why I'm posting here, hoping that someone has been in a similar situation and can direct me to some exercises I can do while I'm waiting. Thanks in advance.

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