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Pain from wearing lifting belt?

nrelaxnnrelax Posts: 8
edited 06/11/2012 - 7:51 AM in Lower Back Pain
So I was working at home depot over the summer and wore a lifting belt pretty much my entire shift except lunch. Now i thought i had injured my back wresteling a co-worker on my last day, because I had hurt my upper back that day ripping my arms out of and arm lock. My question is, do you think that wearing a weightlifting belt for abour 4 months, at least 4 times a week could have weakened my lower back and abdominal muscles to the point where my lower back aches everyday now? I saw a specialist and they gace me some stretches, but this is going on 7 months now and the it aches all day long. So i mean its chronic pain now.
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  • Nrelax,

    I worked in a paper mill as an electrician years ago, and the first thing they told us was "if you aren't lifting objects, or doing back straining activities, loosen the back brace! Their reasoning, and I've seen many who didn't listen, your back started depending on the brace over your muscles, and as such, put your back (and injury) at high risk. So from what I've seen, yes it can aid in having a back injury if worn all the time.

    Brenda
    PCTF C4 - T2, Laminectomies C5, C6 & C7. Severe Palsy left arm/hand.
  • Alright, thanks for the quick response. Yeah, I dont know why i was wearing the belt so much. The pain is killing me though and the ibuprofin doesn't do much. I better just make a appointment to see a chiropracter and maybe do some more lower back and ab exercises to strengthen those muscles.
  • nrelax said:
    Alright, thanks for the quick response. Yeah, I dont know why i was wearing the belt so much. The pain is killing me though and the ibuprofin doesn't do much. I better just make a appointment to see a chiropracter and maybe do some more lower back and ab exercises to strengthen those muscles.
    Howdy Nrelax,

    Before my disks started going, when I had pain I went to my Chiropractor, and too learned "core strengthening" exercises - worked great! I crashed a helicopter, so I am a cumulative spiney. Hopefully you are just at the alignment stage and muscle strengthening stage. :) Please let us know how it goes.

    Brenda
    PCTF C4 - T2, Laminectomies C5, C6 & C7. Severe Palsy left arm/hand.
  • I've been kind of on the lazy side when it comes to doing my stretches and core workouts. I need to start a daily schedule to make sure I do my stretches and be on my way to healing my back. Thanks
  • Understandable. I think in some ways we are all in those moments here and there. It's one thing to exercise because we *want to*, but another when we know we *need to* if that makes sense? My Chiro let me keep my career till retirement. Hopefully you just got a bit of an alignment issue, or the muscles got weak - not a long term bad. :)

    Brenda
    PCTF C4 - T2, Laminectomies C5, C6 & C7. Severe Palsy left arm/hand.
  • The use of a lifting belt or other such brace does have the potential to weaken your own internal brace (the core). Much like any other muscle group of the body, these ones will weaken without being used. The lifting brace allowed your core muscles to slack off in a sense. So now, when you don't have the brace on, your core muscles can't handle the workload because they haven't had to deal with it for months.

    In most cases, stretching won't help because your core muscles don't need to be stretched.

    They need to be turned back on with the appropriate exercises.

    Contrary to popular belief, crunches, sit ups and various ab machine gadgets that are seen at most gyms are usually not appropriate. In fact, in many cases, these supposed "core exercises" will actually put the exerciser at HIGHER risk for back troubles.

    The types of exercises I would consider are those that teach the spine to resist movement (e.g. planks, birddogs etc) and, as ability increases, to transfer energy (e.g. woodchops, cable rotations etc).

    As a basic starting point I would consider the birddog exercise as a good entry point.

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    Hope that helps!
  • Thank you so much Aviatrix and lowerbackpainfix for the great advice. Gosh, this is an awsome forum with quick responses compared to others I've joined.
  • You're very Welcome! Glad to help. As to this site, yes, most times people will respond that day. I know many have been there for me, and I try to be here for them. We listen, support, receive support, advise based on our experience, share vents when needed, and in many cases, become friends. :)

    Brenda
    PCTF C4 - T2, Laminectomies C5, C6 & C7. Severe Palsy left arm/hand.
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