How to determine if lower back pain is muscular or skeletal?

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  1. michael

    michael FLORIDA > *

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    I have pain in my lower back.. feels like just above my sacrum -- maybe L5-L4 section.. when I bend over, it hurts and I have to use my hand on a table, my knee, etc - to support my weight..
    :hs:
     
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    Have someone press on randoms spots across lower back, if it hurts, I would think its muscular, but if it doesn't I would think its skeletal, unless its a deep tissue injury. :dunno:

    Otherwise, chiropractor time
     
  3. Skeletor

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    ^ sounds like a good idea



    I'd have lower back pain a handful of times that seemed so disabling and painful that I assumed it had to be skeletal.... then after a few days or a week it started fading and I could tell that it was actually muscular.


    Either wait a week and see what's up, or go see a chiro/doc soon.
     
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    i went to the chrio before and he said it was just a bad cramp that didn't want to let go :hs:

    he said walking and staying active is the best thing for it - rather than being laid up in bed. I guess I'll just assume its muscular.
     
  5. Skeletor

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    i don't know if your av pic is your normal posture but you have a real strong kyphosis there anyway... puts a lot of pressure on the lumbar.


    Do you foam roll? Foam rolling + light deadlifting focusing on proper posture for me = helped gain the control & mobility needed to straighten out. I'm still working on a few areas.
     
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    Foam roller work + tennis ball for trigger points.
     
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    oh blessed erectors how I love thee
     
  8. Skeletor

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    how do you use a tennis ball for the spine?


    I've tried using it like a foam roller for the spine and it hurts like a son of a bitch to have all my weight on a tiny surface area like that. I've also tried putting two tennis balls in a sock and using that, same story there.
     
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    its the angle. chiro made no mention of any posture issues and most people comment on my good posture :dunno:

    where do you use the foam roller.. what part of your back?
     
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    you just work through the pain, i believe.
     
  11. Skeletor

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    I focus on the thoracic spine but for me, where I started out with a strong kyphosis, I actually saw better results when I started foam rolling the lumbar too... I don't do this before training though, just afterwards.


    I always roll thoracic spine before training and also do these reverse crunches on it to straighten out, because that area is highly immoble beyond a certain point for me and it's mainly what's holding me back. .
     
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    time to get to work then :mad: brb
     
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    just roll up and down the spine with that? :cool:
     
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    i get pain in that area but only on the right side. havent seen a doctor about it yet.
     
  17. Skeletor

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    i remember that vid and that's what i did earlier after my last post... felt really nice afterwards, heard a lot of crackling during the exercise and I'm already a little sore :o



    how often do you think this should be done ceaze? along with every time i foam roll?
     
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    Go back to a chiro and have him do a lateral lumbar x ray. If it's a cramp that wont let go it's probably your body trying to protect itself. Worst case scenario, you've got a disc herniation.
     
  19. Buzz Killington

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    Don't work through back pain :hs:

    The past three months I have aggressively worked on my core and have had much less back pain even though I have been doing much harder deads and squats.

    Do you stretch after lifting?
     
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    Try it. I used to get incredibly stiff (keep in mind I am missing part of two discs) after lifting but then I started forcing myself to lie on a bench and do leg raises and shit like scrunching my knees up to my face and then trying to touch my toes.

    It's boring as fuck but it has helped a LOT. Anything a nigga gotta do to get swole youknowhati'msayin?
     
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    word.. i'm thinkin about taking 10 minutes int he morning to stretch.. same at night and possibly during my lunch break
     
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    an x-ray and mri
     
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