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Old 03-15-2010, 06:32 AM   #1
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Angry Pinched nerve in back...what to do?

Almost a week ago I was stretching before a WOD. Once I began doing some warming up with my buddy lee I started to have some pain shooting from right below my neck to about the middle of my back, more so concentrated in the middle of my back more than anything. I have been sitting out from my work outs due to this on going pain. I am currently overseas with no health coverage; we're thinking this is a pinched nerve but, of course...do not know this to be a fact. If I'm just doing daily tasks around the house I'm fine but as soon as I do anything not in my normal routine or try to warm up before a WOD I get the shooting pain again. This is becoming a huge butt pain and extremely frustrating. Any advice would be awesome. I continue to stretch, rest, and taking warm baths in hopes that this will aid this problem. I have had back problems in the past and have also suffered from pinched nerves in my back and shoulders from working out as well. Thanks guys.
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Old 03-15-2010, 07:12 AM   #2
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Re: Pinched nerve in back...what to do?

Try a chiropractor. Backs are their specialty. Nearly every nerve in your body runs through the spinal column. If there is an impingement, it could cause pain anywhere in your body. Have a back Dr. have a crack at it (pun intended).
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Old 03-15-2010, 07:48 PM   #3
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Re: Pinched nerve in back...what to do?

Can we get anymore details?

What exercises? what movements? Picture (googled) of where it hurts? Posture? Past injury history? Etc.

Likely deep tissue massage would probably help a lot... maybe heat.

It all depends on what the problems are..
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Old 03-16-2010, 05:47 AM   #4
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Unhappy Re: Pinched nerve in back...what to do?

I used to be an avid rider (English competitive horseback riding) and had suffered from a riding accident in 2004. I went through physical therapy but, I still have back problems and pain. The pain is in the middle of my back. Anything from box jumps, double unders/singles, Kettlebell Swing's, Sumo Dead Lift High Pulls, and GHD sit-ups/back extensions to rowing. Pretty much anything that is included in a daily WOD. I haven't worked out since 03/11/2010. This all started on 03/09/2010 and worked out including 03/11/2010. Last Thursday's work out consisted of stretching and 20 minutes on the rower...that's all I could handle with the back pain.
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Re: Pinched nerve in back...what to do?

What was the injury?..
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Old 03-17-2010, 06:06 AM   #6
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Re: Pinched nerve in back...what to do?

I was never given a diagnosis, they just sent me to 6 months of physical therapy and gave me a RX for muscle relaxers. Then they cut my PT after 3 months and deployed me. (I'm prior service AD AF.)
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Re: Pinched nerve in back...what to do?

It's likely everything in this thread will help somewhat wfs

http://www.board.crossfit.com/showthread.php?t=56412

Focus on getting proper mobility and correct posture back.
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Old 03-23-2010, 01:33 PM   #8
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Re: Pinched nerve in back...what to do?

+1 on the deep tissue massage.

When I sleep wrong and get a stiff neck (pinched nerve) I will have pain that runs down from my neck to the middle of my back.

Using some tips from Kelly Starrett I took two lacrosse balls and taped them together with athletic tape. I roll on the contraption keeping 1 ball on either side of my spine from my neck down to my lower back. I admit it doesn't feel great when doing it but it does a great job to get rid of any knots or "ropey" areas.
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