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Lower Back Injury

Joe ShuenJJoe Shuen Posts: 1
edited 12/04/2014 - 10:53 PM in Lower Back Pain
Hi Everyone,

My name is Joe, I am 21 years old.

Its has been roughly 7 months of lower back pain before my doctor suggested an MRI which detected a mild disk bulge of my L5/S1 discs.

The pain has been uncomfortable for the past 7 months, even with the recommended physio exercises. There is pain starting from my buttocks all the way down my left leg.

I've read that swimming could make my back better, and I started swimming lessons, learning the breaststroke now. However, I feel that it intensifies the pain. Im assuming that since i'm still learning my form technique isn't good, which causes the pain. I really want to speed up my road to recovery, as I consider myself an active person. Not doing and exercise is killing me.

Any ideas and advice?

Much Appreciated,


  • LizLiz Posts: 9,665

    Liz, Spine-health Moderator

    Spinal stenosis since 1995
    Lumber decompression surgery S1 L5-L3[1996]
    Cervical stenosis, so far avoided surgery
  • SadAthleteSadAthlete Toronto Ontario Posts: 39
    How did the back pain start buddy? How is the front crawl when swimming, if its good just stick with that man.
    Continue to suffer from alignment issue and myofasical pain in rib cage and pelvic area.
    Nerve pain and back pain are more stable these days but still get flare ups.
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