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Leg press lower back injury

Hi, this morning at the gym I injured my lower back. I was doing leg presses (the lying down type). I did a couple of sets of 12 and half way through the 3rd set (pressing 120kg), when I was pushing out I felt a ?pop ?tear something in my lower back. Immediate pain and loss of leg strength. I stopped immediately. Lower back is very sore. Central pain. Radiating around hips and some nerve shooting pain in legs. I have gently stretched lower back, taken anti inflammatory's and put ice pack on area a couple of times since it happened. Any idea what I might have done? Any other things I should be doing to treat area?


  • Of course we cannot begin to diagnose, but with the leg weakness, sounds like your nerve could be involved, maybe a bulging disc? I would keep icing it this weekend and get an appointment with your doc next week. Maybe they can order an MRI to get a better look at what was damaged. Dont lift anything heavy or make sudden movements until you are seen. A bulge is easier to deal with, a rupture will most likely lead to surgery....not always, but more likely. Let us know what you find out. Good luck.
    CA Wife and Mom, 55, L5-S1 Microdiscectomy on 7/12/13
  • Thank you. I am taking it easy. After I have iced it feels a lot better & I have more movement for awhile. I'll keep it up & keep u updated. Hopefully it's nothing too serious. My legs only lost weakness the second it happened. I have full leg strength now.
  • PamhoffcaPPamhoffca Posts: 163
    edited 08/23/2013 - 6:11 PM
    Oh, thats good news....you may have damaged your disc...or not. You just want to make sure you take it easy for a while so that if it is your disc, you keep it from rupturing (like mine did). I believe I had a torn disc in the spring with a little bulge perhaps...had some lower back pain for a while with a little siatica, nothing major...just annoying. Then on vacation, I made the mistake of getting on the back of a jet ski with my husband driving. Well, with the bumpy ride, pounding my spine, I'm positive that ride ruptured my disc. I woke up the next morning in agony...could not walk..my right leg was on fire and my foot numb. I really wish I had someone who had told me to take it easy and not take risks with my back!!!!

    I hope you have a good outcome!
    CA Wife and Mom, 55, L5-S1 Microdiscectomy on 7/12/13
  • Hi, I know this is an old post but I did the exact same thing at around the same time (approx. 3 years ago). I've since taken up running and lately, have been experiencing pain in the right buttock. I've had this now for around 8 weeks, took 5 weeks off running but still have issues when I run. I believe that this is linked to the injury back 3 years ago with the lower back. I was just wondering if you have had any further issues and what action/diagnosis you had back then.


  • LizLiz Posts: 7,832
    Hello fletch
    As you say this is an old discussion the member who created it has not been on the forum for around 3 years so will not respond.  I will close it now. For support I suggest you create a new discussion explaining your situation.

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    Liz, Spine-health Moderator

    Spinal stenosis since 1995
    Lumber decompression surgery S1 L5-L3[1996]
    Cervical stenosis, so far avoided surgery
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