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Old 12-04-2009, 02:26 PM   #1
Timothy McKinney
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Ruptured/Herniated Disk

So I am a sophomore in college and have been doing crossfit for a little over a year and have had some lower to medium range lower back pain. During July or August this year I visited the doctor and got an MRI and it turns out I have a ruptured/herniated disk in my lower back. The region I am not completely sure about but I believe it is between L4 and L5 disks. My doctor said all the swelling had subsided and this means the injury was at least 4 or so months old and that was the only way he could date it. So after some thinking I came to conclude that the injury is most likely from my highschool football career, around two and half years ago. He recommended staying active and keeping strong to support my back and I have no desire to stop doing crossfit but the injury, however old it is, limits many of my movements. I have been working on form for a while now and am very careful with lifts that seem to bother my back.

So I was wondering if anyone might have any advice for stretches that might help me loosen up my lower back and help give me some of my mobility back. I do have pictures of my MRI that I will try and post if that helps .

Thanks for your time,
Tim McKinney
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Old 12-04-2009, 04:28 PM   #2
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Re: Ruptured/Herniated Disk

Very light flexion for stretching is probably ok. Deep tissue massage to loosen stuff up. You can try foam rolling but that may be too much possibly.

Proper form/technique is definitely the way to go. Be conservative and DON'T overdo it or get lazy. It may be a good idea to stay away from high intensity work for a while.
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Old 12-04-2009, 04:42 PM   #3
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Re: Ruptured/Herniated Disk

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Old 02-03-2010, 09:36 PM   #4
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So I am a sophomore in college and have been doing crossfit for a little over a year and have had some lower to medium range lower back pain. During July or August this year I visited the doctor and got an MRI and it turns out I have a ruptured/herniated disk in my lower back. The region I am not completely sure about but I believe it is between L4 and L5 disks. My doctor said all the swelling had subsided and this means the injury was at least 4 or so months old and that was the only way he could date it. So after some thinking I came to conclude that the injury is most likely from my highschool football career, around two and half years ago. He recommended staying active and keeping strong to support my back and I have no desire to stop doing crossfit but the injury, however old it is, limits many of my movements. I have been working on form for a while now and am very careful with lifts that seem to bother my back.

So I was wondering if anyone might have any advice for stretches that might help me loosen up my lower back and help give me some of my mobility back. I do have pictures of my MRI that I will try and post if that helps .

Thanks for your time,
Tim McKinney
Be smart and go light weights and keep good posture- I am 52- been healthy and strong my whole life-like an animal- but recently started doing heavy sandbag lifts and stiff legged deadlifts(the worst exercise for us human beings) I hernaited my lower lumbar discs also- but my PT/chiro/sports MD said that it was a long time in coming that a lot of my discs are stressed and degenerated--- just a matter of time before it herniated. had tremendous pain when back went into spasms. could not straighten up- now starting to heal 3 weeks later-- Doing mckenzie strecthes-- hip lifts and pelvic tilts and knee rotation. Starting to treadmill and stationary bike-- and when I feel really good- I will do light lying on the floor dumbbell bench presses- along with many push up variations and dips- NO compound movements that will put weight on my spine.. does not feel good to not be able to get out of bed without rolling off the bed-- why do we do these things to our one and only very much needed spine- never know how important it is till we hurt it- so be careful-- sucks getting hurt-- keep stretching....
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Old 02-04-2010, 11:56 AM   #5
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Re: Ruptured/Herniated Disk

Sounds more like degenerative disc disease than a rupture to me-it's something everyone gets as they age, some just notice symptoms earlier than others. Not a bad thing, just means you'll need to be more careful about how you sit, pick up things, etc...

I'd definitely see orthopedic spine specialist and a chiro or pt.

Exercising through it is good, just make if something aggravates it you STOP right away. Be sure to use strict form for everything and use light weights. And don't go back to overhead movements, squats or deads until your 100%(make sure to really easy back into them once you are better).

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