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Lower back.... one side is stronger

Hello everyone… I’ve got a little problem here. I have been noticing this for some time, but haven’t known what to do about it. And that is, that from left to right my mid t lower back is uneven. The left side seems much smaller and weaker than the right side. Just sitting here, I can reach back and touch both sides and feel a major difference in density below the rib cage. This has not caused any problems to my knowledge, but I would like to find out how to fix it before it DOES become a problem. The last thing I need is a huge muscle imbalance that causes me much pain and grief somewhere down the road.

Anyhow, I’m not sure what kind of info any of you would need to help me. I’m 18 yr male, been lifting 2 years in hopes of looking less like a stick. So far it has worked and I have added a little under 40lbs to my frame. If any of you need more info on me to help, please let me know. I will answer any questions that can help me fix this before I run into problems.


Anyone know what the problem might be???

I would guess the problem is not muscular in origin but rather structural in origin. You might have one hip that sits higher then the other, or might have slight scoliosis of the spine, or even a discrepancy in leg length. Get someone to look at your posture from all angles and check to make sure everything is in balance…a chiro could probably help you sort the problem out.

I have the same thing and I’m almost 43. I asked a doc about it once and he said it was probably due to an old injury. I had a severely fractured leg leg in 1988. He figured during the healing process the right part of my lower back got a bit stronger because of the imbalance in strength in my legs. It hasn’t ever caused a problem. My legs are the same length now so that’s not an issue.

I’d say go to a chiropractor (and they often have muscle therapists who work with the, see one of those at the same time via the chiro’s referral), esp if your health insurance covers it. As already stated, it could be structural, but it could also be muscular in origin. I wouldn’t ignore it though, have a professional check it out just to be safe.