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Old 10-11-2012, 08:36 PM   #1
Aaron James Stone
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Strained Lower Lumbar (Lower back)

I recently injured my back about 8 weeks ago. Since the injury i have been unable to go to the gym such as I would like. I understand this is a delicate injury and Im trying my best to assist it in any way. For instance im going to acupuncture twice a week. Im going on 9 sessions, with success, i might add. Only issue is i thought i was in 100% condition and jumped back on the boat (Went back to the gym) and irritated it just a tad bit more. I have a few questions. First ill explain the issues i have.

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Whenever i lean over to grab something off the floor or to even stretch and feel my back out i have a slight or severe pain (No adays its more slight then anything) around the lower left side. Just to the left of my spine.

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Other then Core strengthening are there any other tips that might further the healing process? Core strengthening is what ive been reading on.(Other then me NOT going to the gym cause i know that one already)

Has anyone had this type of issue before? And what is your experience on this type of injury?

And has it fully healed for you? If so how long did it take?


Id appreciate any feedback if possible its really getting on my final nerve im stressed and irritated with it.

Thank you,

Aaron J. Stone
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Old 10-15-2012, 08:55 AM   #2
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Re: Strained Lower Lumbar (Lower back)

I have a similar issue in my lower left side of the back. Its not too severe, and I do feel it getting better, but it is a annoying feeling. From what Iíve read some good exercises for lower back health are side to side shoulder bridging, birddogs, full body circles, hamstring stretches and glute stretches.

I feel the more I keep it moving by running and exercise its gets better faster.

Any other advice would be nice. Thanks
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Old 10-15-2012, 07:41 PM   #3
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Re: Strained Lower Lumbar (Lower back)

You should probably see a good PT who will be able to rule out any disc issue... the symptoms you describe tend to point toward that. It is important that you know what it is precisely and that you and your PT establish a good rehab program accordingly. If it's a disc issue your PT needs to examine how you move and then establish what you need to work on for recovery and prevention. Some of the things to work on might include glute function/activation, core and lower back stregthening (transverse and multifidus), posture, etc. He should be able to guide you with that. These things take time to heal (i speak from experience).
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Old 10-15-2012, 09:24 PM   #4
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You should probably see a good PT who will be able to rule out any disc issue... the symptoms you describe tend to point toward that. It is important that you know what it is precisely and that you and your PT establish a good rehab program accordingly. If it's a disc issue your PT needs to examine how you move and then establish what you need to work on for recovery and prevention. Some of the things to work on might include glute function/activation, core and lower back stregthening (transverse and multifidus), posture, etc. He should be able to guide you with that. These things take time to heal (i speak from experience).
As I would love to see a good physical therapist. It costs 150$ a session. That's with medical insurance mind you. That's much over budget at the moment. There's also a 1000$ deductible and my insurance won't cover anything until I've paid up to 2500$. Money I currently do not have.
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Old 10-16-2012, 05:02 AM   #5
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Re: Strained Lower Lumbar (Lower back)

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As I would love to see a good physical therapist. It costs 150$ a session. That's with medical insurance mind you. That's much over budget at the moment. There's also a 1000$ deductible and my insurance won't cover anything until I've paid up to 2500$. Money I currently do not have.
Sounds like you're confused with your insurance. You either have a $1000 or $2500 deductible. Of which, you're responsible for that amount, and then you pay as your policy states. You can also contact a few offices and ask about any affordable cash pay or financing options.

You may not be able to afford it now, but these problems when not corrected will become much more expensive over time. From my experience, with most often looking for the quick fix; most will tell themselves they cannot afford it.

Just a few questions to ask yourself before you decide whether something you need is not affordable......Do you smoke? Go out for dinner a few times a week. Go out and spend $40+ a few times a week or month on drinks, etc. You see where I'm going. Sometimes its more about priorities than actually not having the money to spend.

I'm not assuming that's the case with you, however just something to think about.
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Old 10-16-2012, 06:37 AM   #6
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Re: Strained Lower Lumbar (Lower back)

My first suggestion is to STOP bending over to stretch your low back, especially first thing in the morning. In fact flexing (bending) the lumbar spine should be completely eliminated from your daily movements right now. I agree that your symptoms sound possibly disc like, but that does not mean you won't heal and be back to your old activity soon. Here is a great site about how to do it yourself if money is such an issue: http://www.fixyourownback.com/ I also agree that this probably will come a lot more expensive than your deductible if you don't treat it properly now.
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Old 10-17-2012, 07:25 PM   #7
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Re: Strained Lower Lumbar (Lower back)

I'm very interested in this discussion too. So far, I've been to two chiropractors. One is a CrossFitter. He keeps telling me I'm fine. Yet, when I go to do the "simplest" thing, like stretch or run, I'm in pain again the next day.

The other chiropractor is saying the same thing! WTF? He says it feels like it's healing. This time his advice was not to go doing anything too strenuous. What does that mean?

I've tried sitting out from ALL exercise for 2 weeks. It feels better, then I go back, easing myself into simple things and BAM! I'm hurt again.

I'm thinking it's time for a specialist at this point, definitely an MRI.

How long is "long enough"? I've had multiple bulging discs over the years. They've never taken this long to heal.

Six weeks? Four weeks? Six months?

Is there a consensus?
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Old 10-17-2012, 07:48 PM   #8
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Re: Strained Lower Lumbar (Lower back)

No improvement in 2 weeks(3-5 visits) you and the doctor, chiro, PT, ortho, whomever should reconsider what they are doing. Not that you don't continue, but something else may need to be addressed.

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I'm very interested in this discussion too. So far, I've been to two chiropractors. One is a CrossFitter. He keeps telling me I'm fine. Yet, when I go to do the "simplest" thing, like stretch or run, I'm in pain again the next day.

The other chiropractor is saying the same thing! WTF? He says it feels like it's healing. This time his advice was not to go doing anything too strenuous. What does that mean?

I've tried sitting out from ALL exercise for 2 weeks. It feels better, then I go back, easing myself into simple things and BAM! I'm hurt again.

I'm thinking it's time for a specialist at this point, definitely an MRI.

How long is "long enough"? I've had multiple bulging discs over the years. They've never taken this long to heal.

Six weeks? Four weeks? Six months?

Is there a consensus?
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Old 10-17-2012, 10:22 PM   #9
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My first suggestion is to STOP bending over to stretch your low back, especially first thing in the morning. In fact flexing (bending) the lumbar spine should be completely eliminated from your daily movements right now. I agree that your symptoms sound possibly disc like, but that does not mean you won't heal and be back to your old activity soon. Here is a great site about how to do it yourself if money is such an issue: http://www.fixyourownback.com/ I also agree that this probably will come a lot more expensive than your deductible if you don't treat it properly now.
Now if it was a disc issue wouldn't I feel some sort of pain shooting down my leg even at the slightest?
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Now if it was a disc issue wouldn't I feel some sort of pain shooting down my leg even at the slightest?
No. If you had pain down the legs, it would be a hernia. The fact that you don't have pain down the butt or legs, if in fact it is a disc issue, only means that the disc is not bulging out far enough to poke your nerves. Doesn't mean it's not bulging out though. And honestly, you need to see a good PT, at least for an evaluation if you can't afford the rest. The thing with the back is that your back might be hurting but it might be due to other body parts that are not moving properly...you can't just treat the pain locally. This is why you need a good PT to assess what YOU need to be working on SPECIFICALLY as opposed to general guidelines for treating back pain that are not customized to your needs... Just my 0.02 from someone who has gone through this - had I known this prior, I probabky would have saved 2-3 months of trial and error at the beginning of my recovery.
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