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Old 03-02-2011, 01:18 PM   #1
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Lower Back Pain

I have been Crossfitting a little over a year and I have recently been working on my strength. I was having decent progress then one day I woke up with bad lower back pain. I thought it was just the way I slept that night and kept going. Well after about 3 weeks I went to the chiropractor and he did an x-ray. My hips are extremely off balance which is causing my spine to start to curve which is then causing my back pain. Has anyone had any experience like this before? If so, are there any exercises I can do to correct this? I have been going to the chiro for almost 2 months now and I still cannot do any lifts from the ground over 200# without it killing my back. He just keeps on telling me to wait it out and my body is reacting well. Any suggestions would be greatly appreciated!
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Old 03-02-2011, 01:21 PM   #2
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Re: Lower Back Pain

i would probably go to a back doctor and not a chiropractor (not trying to be a smartass at all). i've used chiropractors before but if i'm looking at real pain and possibly something really wrong with me i'm going to a real doctor who specializes.
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Old 03-02-2011, 04:05 PM   #3
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Re: Lower Back Pain

Have a physical therapist... or GOOD chiro check if your SI joint is slipped
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Old 03-02-2011, 09:04 PM   #4
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Re: Lower Back Pain

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i would probably go to a back doctor and not a chiropractor (not trying to be a smartass at all). i've used chiropractors before but if i'm looking at real pain and possibly something really wrong with me i'm going to a real doctor who specializes.
A "real" doctor will likely prescribe pain meds at best, or MRI, or possibly do nothing at all. Chiropractors ARE back specialists ... It sounds as though the OP needs to see a different chiro.
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Old 03-02-2011, 10:40 PM   #5
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are there any exercises I can do to correct this?
I recommend you check out this article in the Journal called "Lifting out of Pain."

http://journal.crossfit.com/2010/11/...ut-of-pain.tpl (safe)

As surprising as it may sound, oly lifting and powerlifting are great ways to rehab lower back pain.

Of course, it shouldn't be that surprising to anyone who is familiar with Coach's "What is Crossfit" article. To wit, "we’ve found that functional movements form the basis for dramatically effective rehabilitation from injury and illness. Be sure that we are talking about squats, deadlifts, pull-ups, and pushups and not rolling around on Swiss balls and playing with Theraband."

http://www.crossfit.com/journal/libr...s_crossfit.pdf (safe)

So I would say some deadlifts and cleans are in order (scaled of course).
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Old 03-03-2011, 06:48 AM   #6
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Re: Lower Back Pain

Ditto.
I am 54, never had issues with back pain nor been to a chiro in my life.
During my initial on ramp period, started having niggling lower back pain that culminated after a workout that included deadlifts and wall balls.
Broke down and went to a recommended chiro who xrayed and found hips to be off balance, which was probably causing a nerve impingment.
As mentioned, a GOOD chiro is the key, if what you have is truly an adjustment issue. I was fortunate in that mine was well versed in sports injuries and the treatment was a combination of not only adjustments, but strengthening exercises, stretching exercises, and some recommended supplements including fish oil and enzymes.
I never thought my back would get better - it seemed to take forever. But I made sure I did the prescribed exercises religiously every night, stayed away from certain movements for a time period as instructed, and stuck to paleo along with the supplements.
It took almost 4 months before I finally felt back to normal. The hard learned lessons I took away from that experience were: 1. Stretching and strengthening at my age is number one priority 2. Don't ignore your body's attempt to tell you something is not right - take care of things early before they get worse.
Hope your back will be better soon.
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Old 03-03-2011, 08:21 AM   #7
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Re: Lower Back Pain

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I recommend you check out this article in the Journal called "Lifting out of Pain."

http://journal.crossfit.com/2010/11/...ut-of-pain.tpl (safe)

As surprising as it may sound, oly lifting and powerlifting are great ways to rehab lower back pain.

Of course, it shouldn't be that surprising to anyone who is familiar with Coach's "What is Crossfit" article. To wit, "we’ve found that functional movements form the basis for dramatically effective rehabilitation from injury and illness. Be sure that we are talking about squats, deadlifts, pull-ups, and pushups and not rolling around on Swiss balls and playing with Theraband."

http://www.crossfit.com/journal/libr...s_crossfit.pdf (safe)

So I would say some deadlifts and cleans are in order (scaled of course).
Don't troll the injury forums.

OP,
Don't do this if the lifts hurt
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Old 03-03-2011, 02:31 PM   #8
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Re: Lower Back Pain

Thanks everyone! When I lay off lifts when I have to pull the weight from the ground ex: deadlifts, cleans and snatches it seems to help. Maybe I am just trying to increase the weight too quickly before I am either warmed up or before it has healed enough. I will try doing some light work the nest few weeks and see how it goes.

This is my third chiro and I really think he is pretty thorough. The other two didn't even do an x-ray. Just a simple pop and push me out the door. He has told me to keep on lifting to build the muscle but I may be pushing it too hard at times.

Thanks for the advice!
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Old 03-03-2011, 05:19 PM   #9
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For god's sakes man go see an ortho.
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Old 03-03-2011, 06:35 PM   #10
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Eh, if the chiros aren't that high quality in your area see a physical therapist instead.
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