I had my MRI done and waitng to see PT, to get information on weight training/excersize to make my back stronger. I dont have the paper work in front of me, but have a couple of annular tears more so in lower back (lower) I can get it if need it. My question is, how do you know they are telling you what might be good for your back to make it strong, and it screws it up. I told a TRAINIER that I have a really bad back lower and he had me doing leg press w/heavy weights 160pds and row, where you sit and bend forward and slowly pull up weight, well thats what put me back in the Doctor's office and I can feel it at times pulling and wanting to go out, its almost been 2 months, I am scared to go walk, 3miles or walk. I went to the zoo on Sunday with my kids and was on my feet for 10am to 5pm, I bent the right way everything, I go to get up in the van and sit, and it was like a sharp knife went in to the lower right side of my back, so got home pulling slightly almost went out 3 differnt times, so go PJ'S on and ice packss all night, woke up fine, but I feel like a prisioner in my own house, when it goes it hurts and if not carful the mild problems can become worse. I am 6ft and was 190, been on w.w. and now to 178,I know I will never be 130, not after having 5 children and young age at 44, I am trying to get down to 140-145. Who can I contact for knowledge of the spine and what not to do and what to do. The Doctor at pain management said I dont know ask them at the PT, he is a Doctor he should know.