I just turned 27 and already I'm feeling the signs of aging. For the past few months, I've been battling some lower back pain. It's really frustrating. Just last year I was a spry buck squatting 300 lbs, waking up with a leap out of bed. Fast forward today. I moan when I get up out of bed and my back fills with pain when I try to squat just 180 lbs.
I haven't had any trauma to my back. None that I can remember. It just started aching.
I've been doing some back exercises and some yoga stuff to help reduce the pain. It seems to be working a bit.
Just wanted to see if anybody else out there has had to deal with this and what they did to fix it.
All you young bulls think you're indestructible ... but it ain't so. :) Take special care with your backs. When you injure it while still young it can give you a whole lot of trouble from then on. So ... be sure you are lifting those weights correctly. Sincerely, one of the old bulls at AoM.
First off, i would say ask an expert to watch you lift and see if you are doing something incorrectly - probably ever-so-slightly.
I'd find a good chiropractor. I've had several back injuries spanning the past decade starting with football in high school. At 25 next month, i know how you feel about being to young for this nonsense. Last year i found an awesome chiropractor that did more in 6 adjustments than 6 weeks of physical therapy. Typically what I do is go 6 times in 2 week, then not again until my back hurts - usually about 6 months. it keeps the bills down.
i always haggle with them about the price because my insurance doesnt cover them. Chiropractors are hurting pretty bad in this economy so they will probably be willing to play ball. My guy gives me 6 adjustments for $100.
Have you thought about going to see a chiropractor? This might be something you've done over time. I would let them do an X-Ray to see what's going on.
I went to see one a couple of years ago (age 34) when I threw my back out kayaking, and it helped a lot. He gave me exercises to do to strengthen it and also to do before I went paddling. I remember telling my Dad about it and him saying to me - 'well, you're not 20 years old, Scott.' That made me feel old.
i concur with Mr. Kevin Shook. Back exercises and lots of core exercises will do your body wonders! If you have a strong and fit core (which includes your back muscles, abdominal muscles, obliques, etc. basically your entire trunk reigon) you will feel much better. Also, perhaps study basic Ergonomics, that might help you...
I also agree with a chiropractor. Had back issues since I was a wee one. There are good ones and bad ones, if they aren't showing you strengthening exercices and are just concerned with bringing you back in, find another.
Yoga and exercise sound good. I'd also recommend a good steam bath.
Part of aging includes an increase in recovery time from soreness or injuries. What used to heal in a few hours will now take an entire day. What took one day will now take three days. What took three days will now take a week...
Hate to say this, but speaking from experience, you problably got in a hurry and lifted something (or somethings) in a carelessly a few months ago. I messed up my lower back exactly that way when I was 24. Helping a girlfriend move, lifted maybe 20# with one hand, and #10 with the other getting stuff out of the trunk of her car. 10 minutes later, OMG (or ADM - Ai, Dios Mio, gracias Sr. George Lopez)! The back! You need to seek medical advice, either a chiropractor or have your regular physician refer you to an orthopedist or physical therapy.
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