Hi all, I'm a 29 year old Canadian guy that has had lower back problems for a year now. The lower back pain started after a light weighted squat exercise.
It's funny, cause I noticed something wasn't right half way through my set. I just thought to myself; oh, I better not do anymore cause that little sensation wasn't right...
well that little sensation has turned out to be a big problem in my life. So, basically I'm one of those "weekend warriors", that trains hard on and off and does everything wrong the rest of the time... big mistake.
So over the past year, I've dabbled in a little bit of every kind of treatment. Recently I've finished 6 sessions of IMS (interamuscular stimulation), I've had high hopes of it being the smoking gun but of course it wasn't. I'm also seeing a chiropractor with one of those activator devices that does it magic...
Well anyway, this is my MRI results I just got last night:
Degenerative height loss and signal lose at L2-3, L4-5 and L5-S1.
L3-4: A broad based circumferential disc buldge without focal protrusion or herniation is present.
L4-5: A small central disc protrusion with annular tear is present, flattening the thecal sac anteriorly. Mild degenerative facet joint changes noted.
L5-S1: A focal central disc protrusion with annular tear is present, flattening the thecal sac anteriorly, but not appearing to displace or impinge upon either right or left S1 nerve roots. Mild degenerative facet joint changes noted.
The paraspinal musculature is larely maintained and is symmetrivcal throughout.
So basically my symptoms include:
- Discomfort sitting for long periods but tolerable.
- little popping in lower back throughout the day, expecially when sitting. I can do it when I squeeze my butt cheeks, but only once and awhile can I do it.
- Sore muscles across top of pelvis expecially and in butt cheeks as well.
- Overall general weakness and crappy feeling all the time
So now I've decided to start swimming every morning (4x a week). I'm going to be seeing a person that is well versed with the "anatomy trains" techique which will cost me $150 per 90 mins and is the new big thing out.
Anyone have any advice of how to proceed, considering my current situation? I have hopes of not having sore or stiff muscles in my lower back and to regenerate the lost disk heights in my Lumbar, is this a reasonable expectation?
Any advice or insight would greatly be appreciated. Please feel free to chime in, whether you offer advice or not. Love to hear from you.
Best of luck to all.