Daily Mobility Exercises by Dr. Kelly Starrett Forums Back Chronic Butt / Calf Pain – HELP Reply To: Chronic Butt / Calf Pain – HELP

Michael AlzheimerMichael Alzheimer

Hey Maleik,

First off I would like to mention that disc herniations are common, even in the asymptomatic population and that they can heal with time and conservative treatment. The important thing is to keep moving and do what you can while symptoms resolve. Complete rest is never the fix. When symptoms are a bit flared up, a good place to start is by Googling the “McGill Big 3” exercises (curl-up, side plank, and bird-dog) and doing these daily. It’s a great way to reintroduce core stability for low back pain. Also getting up and walking throughout your day can be extremely helpful in maintaining the health of your spine. Try getting in 3 short 10 minute walks a day if you can. Try to eliminate optional sitting as well, which can be difficult. When you are sitting or standing, just try and not be in one position too long. I would keep addressing ankle and thoracic mobility, but also address hip mobility with mobilizations that don’t get into your low back or aggravate symptoms. Tight hips can also contribute to compensations like butt wink in your squat. Ease back into movements like goblet squatting, hip hinging, carries, etc making sure to keep working on your positions with good control. Gradually increase the load as you can tolerate. Patience and graded exposure are the name of the game. Let your body heal and keep moving and you should be able to get back to pain free squatting.