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Old 03-02-2010, 08:24 PM   #1
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Back pain, please help

A friend of mine is currently having back pain. here is his situation...

In Dec I was working out with him while on vacation and at the end of the workout he noticed that his back was hurting a lot.

prior to this workout in which this occurred for about two weeks his exercise consisted of every other day being... bench, squat, dead lift, the abb exercise (this is a when using the pulley one would use for lateral pull downs with the square. while holding the handle behind the head and on ones knees and bend forward while pulling the weight. like a backwards crunch with weights) plus other random abdominal exercises.

after leaving school he didn't have access to weights so he started just doing push-up and sit-ups improvement exercises. this includes.... push-ups, wide-arm push-ups, incline push-ups, incline knuckle push-ups, spider-man push-ups, double elevated push-ups, hand stand push-ups, plank, sit-ups, crunches, rocky sit-ups, flutter kicks, leg spreaders, criss-cross, supine bicycle, air squats, walking and stationary air lunges

so the workout we were doing when this occurred was this... we had the cards one through ace. Each card meant a certain amount of time for an exercises and would alternate between a push-up exercises and a sit-up exercises.

so his back hurt. He didn't workout for the rest of vacation then when he got back after a couple of weeks he went to a chiropractor twice. he started to feel better and started exercising again. Then last month he decided to add some squats with only 50 lbs and this tweaked his back again.

he is getting depressed b/c he is losing his strength but is worried that if he trains now he will only make the problem worse.
what can my friend do for his back while still being able to exercise?

Also is this possibly related to his ITB syndrome (runnerís knee) which had a year ago which has to do with the hip flexors, quadriceps, hamstring, iliotibial band (ITB) and gluteal muscles? If that being the case could using the elliptical help for this as it helped the runners knee?
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Old 03-02-2010, 09:58 PM   #2
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Re: Back pain, please help

Ughhh...

these two may help wfs

http://www.eatmoveimprove.com/2009/1...-dysfunctions/
http://www.eatmoveimprove.com/2010/0...ur-lower-back/

Where exactly is the pain? Muscular? Disc?

Your post did not exactly convey a lot of information unfortunately. But his problems are pretty consistent with systemic valgus dysfunction as seen above in the first link.

There's a whole page (page 4) of soft tissue work and strengthening/stretching/etc. work for that...
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Re: Back pain, please help

Muscular. mostly in the lower left and right sides of the lower back. also just above the buttox on the right as as well. something I didn't mention before is he also says this has started cuasing pain in his legs when he walks or runs. is that just deconditioning or directly related? what else would you need to know?
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Re: Back pain, please help

If I knew of some good PTs in your area I'd tell you about them.

It's hard to tell what's going on.

What exercise(s) onset the pain?

I'm assuming his posture sucks.. very poor tissue quality.

Refer him the two links above and do the soft tissue work + exercises and see what hurts/what helps (from the lower back one) and then we'll know more.
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Re: Back pain, please help

ok so my buddy just called me and told me this is what his chiropractor told him... that the problem is with his lower lumbar and pelvic alignment
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ok so my buddy just called me and told me this is what his chiropractor told him... that the problem is with his lower lumbar and pelvic alignment
That's pretty vague... slipped SI joint?
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