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Lower Back MRI Results

DoconDDocon Posts: 1
edited 04/26/2014 - 5:03 AM in Lower Back Pain
Hi I hurt my lower back whislt training in the gym. I stopped training for a while then hurt it again putting on a pair a shoes(I know) I had to go to the hospital. The x-ray showed nothing. So I left it for a month and started training again. It went very well made a lot of gains. Then one day I was training with someone and I pushed it too far hurt myself again.
Impression No acute injury. Mild degenerative disc.
Im on anti inflamatories at the moment.
I have a feeling this happened due to my weak lower back.(Not much muscle there at all compare to rest of my body). i think the weight of my upper body may of caused this.)
So I hvae decided to increase my core strength and lowe back strength before I go back weight lifitng.
My question is how bad is this based on the results. Like am I xxxx for life? Can I weightlift again?
Thanks for the help.
ps(not in any real pain either atm)

Post Edited for Inappropriate Language Liz


  • LizLiz Posts: 7,832

    Liz, Spine-health Moderator

    Spinal stenosis since 1995
    Lumber decompression surgery S1 L5-L3[1996]
    Cervical stenosis, so far avoided surgery
  • Strengthening your core muscles is always a good idea, particularly if you have a weakness there & want to do something as physically straining as weight lifting. You say you have 'Mild degenerative disc' was this diagnosed via MRI? I found physical therapy very helpful. Maybe whoever requested your MRI & interpreted it for you could send you? Remember most people have degeneration of discs as they get older. It doesn't necessarily cause any pain or problems but only a specialist can advise you the right course of action.

    Good luck!
    Osteoarthritis & DDD.
  • If you are in any real pain right now, that's a good thing. A mild degenerative change on an MRI doesn't always mean it is causing problems. Many people have degenerative changes in their spine with no symptoms. It is understandable that on hearing that there was an abnormality on the test you are worried, but there isn't really any need to. It doesn't mean that you won't get better and be back to no pain and doing your usual activities. I can't guarantee that that will happen either, but if you're not in much pain right now, thats a really good sign that it is going to get better and you will be able to get back to weightlifting. You might need to take it easy for a while now while you're healing, but keep active. See a physiotherapist and get a gentle exercise routine you can do as rehab.
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