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Are these symptoms for torn ligaments in lower back?

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edited 06/11/2012 - 7:34 AM in Lower Back Pain
It happened over 2 months ago when I was performing deadlifts. The pain mainly occured a few hours after and then from then til now. It hurts whenever I attempt to pick something up however light it may be. When I rotate my hips in a circle to the right the pain occurs around the left hip area. the pain mainly occured below the hip and then scar tissue fromed and went away.The pain then moved to right along the top of the hip and then as it curves into the base of the spine.I joined the gym again once I could bring my knees to my chest and when I could rotate my hips without pain. Howveer aftre doing light squats in my 2nd session it feels like its twinging again. It hurts when I rotate my hips, but on a scale of 1-10(10 being what it was like when I 1st done it about a 4/5). Thanks for any help/advice. Its been 2 and a half months and I just want it to go away so I can get back in the gym properly again!


  • Hello - First - WELCOME - sorry your here though, On the front of the site is a lot of video and Dr Written articles which go over the entire gambit of what can happen to us. I invite you to read there as well!

    We are not Dr's and because of this I am only giving you some thought's based on my experience.

    I trust that you have been to a Dr once at least to get some idea of what happened and have some idea of how to heal this. If you have not, you may wish to check that out, or Physio Therapist.

    I have been researching how backs get injured for 20+ years, and going back to a couple of research studies from 1961, the back can be injured lifting a weight of just 9kg. That's a little over 20lbs. It is all of the muscles working in unison that allows us to lift greater wieght. If one of them misfires during a lift, we can injure ourselves.

    The place that you describe you pain coming from is close to the sciatic. There is a tie to the hip bone that has a number of muscles going to it and depending of which one it is, gives differing places that it hurts after time has passed.

    As you say, if you are getting twinges, then the muscle that was hurt, may in fact be spasming, to keep you from going near the physical position, where you were hurt last. I believe that this is the bodies way of trying to keep us from hurting ourselves again. The problem is that unless there was an actual physical injury, like a disk bulge,or pulled muscle, facet joint inflamed, the body is reacting to something that is not there. Normally - in 6 weeks, doing nothing, we heal up to a point where we can get going again.

    The place I start with, to get moving again is the deep core muscles. It takes no strenght to make these work, but you do have to get them working.

    Kind of rambling on, but as I said before - the front of the site has some very good video and explanations.

    Hope your feeling better!
  • welcome to spine-health. i wish i had an answer for you but i havent been lifting too many weights lately. :))( ....i hate to see you hurt yourself. maybe you should bite the bullet and see a sports medicine doc. its hard to diagnose whats going on. one thing i can relate to is not being able to do what you did before. sure hope you get diagnosis and a good plan for recovery...best of luck....pete
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  • Wow. Thanks for the response! It's weird that you mentioned about the body reacting to stop being hurt again as when doing the squats it feels like a slightly different position. It has been a little over 2 hours since the workout and the area is easing up a little. When I originally did the injury it would hurt to do bodyweight squats and once I stopped I could feel the pain straight away and would last a few seconds, but at the moment that is not there, so hopefully I don't think I've ruptured it again (fingers crossed). Thanks again for the help.
  • Thanks for the response pete. I did see my GP twice, but as the pain had shifted he changed his mind both times, which didn't really help. However, the second time when he did say that it was a torn ligament did make sense except it seems to have taken longer than usual to heal and I like to think I'm a quick healer:P, but then again maybe I'm not:(.
  • http://img4.imageshack.us/img4/7798/lowerbackpain.jpg

    Above shows where the pain is. Red area is initial pain and this is when I saw a physician who believed it was just a tear of the gluteus medius. Then the pain developed above the hip(light blue area). After this the pain is now twinging in the dark blue area, which is where it was near the end of my healing. Pretty much inbetween the light and dark blue is when the pain hurts the most when I rotate my hips.

    P.S.Just a little more info, which may help is that when I sit for a certain length of time the area a pain shoots up the left side of my back above the light blue colour. Also since the injury my entire low back seems to stiffen up very quickly as if it would snap like a stick if bent wrongly:S.

    Thanks so much for the help so far!
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