I want to gain 15-20lbs but i cant work out because of a back injury.

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  1. devree

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    im on my 4 and 1/2 month of lower back pain (im only 20 btw) and i want to put on some weight and just be not skinny. is there a way to gain that weight and not just look like a unhealthy fat kid?

    i swim 4 days a week for my back but other then that i dont really do that many physical activities because im scared to re injure my back.
     
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    What kind of lower back pain/ injury?
     
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    well they said it was strained muscles in the lower back but after 3 months i knew it wasnt.. the last doc i saw said i might have a slight buldge in a disk and to not play tennis or golf for 3 months. i didnt even ask him about working out after that, i just tryed to get an MRI but he said my injury wasnt serious enough
     
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    Find a new doctor that doesn't suck.

    How badly does it hurt doing any kind of physical activity?
     
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    well sitting down is the worst.. i played some tennis and light bball before and it didnt really make it worse. ive been to many doctors and they all say the same fucking thing. "these things take time" and i ask for an mri and they say no.
     
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    Any pain running down either leg?

    Personally I would start lifting... just carefully. Start of light with any exercise that may involve your lower back.
     
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    never had shooting pains
     
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    High reps are good as muscular endurance protects the spine while muscular strength does not, but there are better exercise choices than back extensions.
     
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    i'm out of my league here but if you're too scared to do real shit then you can always mess around with machines at first to ease your way into working out.


    Then again, you might strengthen up your legs and upper body but then your back will be disproportionately weak, and you could fuck yourself even further.
     
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    Work on stabilizing your core - lots of one legged balancing stuff to help build / train your body and address any imbalances.

    I would advise you to really stay away from stuff which compresses your spine too much (squats, unfortunately), and maybe don't risk deadlifts. I know you're going to want to, but you live a life with a bad back. You don't need huge muscles forever. There is plenty of other stuff you can do which doesn't compress your spine.

    Swimming is great, and puts NO pressure on your back. I did a bunch of that when I was healing.


    FYI - you may have a slightly bulging disc. You do NOT want to get an MRI. It WILL impact your insurability down the road. I know this for a fact (I have a bulging disc and a herniated disc, and was denied increases to my LTD). The MRI will stay on your record. I was just in to see my orthopedic doctor, and he said that NONE of the Ortho guys get back x-rays or MRIs because they don't want to risk losing insurance. They know that the injury isn't life threatening or even that prohibitive, so it's not a big deal.

    IF you had shooting pains, you would want to see about an MRI. Otherwise, don't sweat it. You should be able to start working out again now though. Your back will never be perfect again, but that's not to say you can't do anything.

    When I blew out my back (as opposed to previous injuries), I rested and did physio / swimming for about 5 months out of fear of doing anything more intense. Now I'm playing hockey 3x a week, working out 3x and not having regular back pain.

    Just be smart, be VERY careful with your form, and check your ego at the door, and you'll be fine.

    BTW - I first injured mine in 1993, when I was 21. It took the worst shit on me in Aug. 2006, when I was doing squats. That's when I got the MRI. I went 13 years without it being that bad. Occasionally I would injure it doing rows or squats or something, but that's the risk I took. Up to you how you want to handle it though :)
     
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