I'm new to the forum. From what I've read many of you have quite sever conditions compared to mine (at least so far), but I do now have back pain that has become chronic and I am hoping that some of you might have some suggestions for me.
Essentially, I suffer from a lumbar strain that is persistent. I have had a stiff back now for 4.5 months and have spent a lot on physiotherapists and chiropractors and no-one has really been able to help.
It started two years ago when, after I attended a yoga class, I was carrying shopping and felt something go in my lower back on the left. My back spasmed and the muscled seized up. I saw a phyio who did some trigger point release on my L5, which essentially fixed it. He said that I had a muscle weakness at my L5, right at the base of my spine, and suggested that I strengthen my core. In the following year and a half I strained it 3 more times when in the gym doing squats and deadlifts. Each time he was able to do the trigger release and I was fine again. I worked on my core strength with a personal trainer and I was pain free and able to go to the gym for 6 months. Then after one workout I strained my back while touching my toes, my lower back seized up and I haven't been able to get relief since. I went to the physio maybe 12 times, and each time I felt a little better after the session, but it seized up again over the next couple of days. I had a similar experience with the chiropractor. I then went to a sports physio, who said that my problem wasn't a muscle weakness, but the fact that several vertebrae which had little mobility - this was passing on all the work to the L5 joint. He helped with the mobility by pressing on the spine - which once worked and once made it worse - and gave me some stretches. Essentially, he said that I need to get those joints moving again, and gave me some hip movements and swiss ball stretches that could help. I have been doing that for a week and a half, and have noticed little change. After my session with him yesterday it is as stiff as it ever has been. Fortunately at least, he is not fleecing me, and suggested that I come back in a month if necessary. He said that the back is used to being stiff and so reverts back to its stiff state after treatment and the only way to fix that is to keep up the mobility work to get it used to it.
Does anyone have any suggestions as to what I might do? Do I just continue doing the stretches over a longer period of time, and hope that that works?
I appreciate your time in reading this post and any suggestions you might have.