How do you tell (without having an expensive scan) if you have knotted up muscles or an issue with a bulging disc?
From what I remember, the knotting started 4 months ago when I reached out to the side when doing an unweighted bodyweight pistol squat and felt a little twist in my back. Again, not a sharp pain by any means, and I thought nothing of it.
My symptoms are that the top left hip/lower back feels knotted up. The side and lower abs also feel knotted up. It’s not a pain - it’s a knotting sensation - but I guess a bulging disc also doesn’t cause pain but a knotting sensation too?
Spinal extension, twisting, flexion…etc… are all fine, painless, and there is no loss of motion. It is only when I return to the upright position after extending/twisting/flexing, that I’m aware again of the knotting sensation. Sitting down I can’t feel the knot. No sciatica.
So, does it sound like muscle knotting or bulging disc issues, and do I sort it out?