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My Spine

Hi T-Nation

These pictures were taken of my spine this morning because of severe back pain(lower back) after a workout.

I am going to see my doctor on tuesday, but it would be nice if someone with experience on this topic could comment on the pictures. What fucks me up the most is that my spine is anything but straight (picture 1).
Can you see anything “wrong” in the lower back pictures which potentially could cause me pain in this situation?

Picture 2

Picture 3

Picture 4

Picture 5

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From picture 2 it looks like you’ve got some scoliosis http://medicalimages.allrefer.com/large/scoliosis.jpg

I agree with Fr3aki regarding the second picture. Since this is only an x-ray it is hard to tell what is going on with your discs. However, since the spacing looks normal it is unlikely that there is compression or herniation going on… if that is what your were thinking of. Is the pain you are having also radiating down through your legs? The root of your pain could be caused by (unintended) poor form due to the scoliosis… but it is best to see an orthopedist about this.

If you think your back pain is disk related then find out if you have pain when your spine is either in flexion or extension then read these, http://www.tmuscle.com/free_online_article/sports_body_training_performance_repair/lower_back_savers , http://www.tmuscle.com/free_online_article/sports_body_training_performance_repair/more_lower_back_savers , http://www.tmuscle.com/free_online_article/sports_body_training_performance_repair/bulletproof_that_back if you want more here http://tnation.tmuscle.com/free_online_forum/sports_body_training_performance_bodybuilding_strength/the_lumbar_stability_thread .

It indeed does looks like scoliosis.
I’m not feeling any pain in my legs - the pain is coming from the lower back around the bottom of the spine(picture 1). Anything unusual to see? :slight_smile:

I think you are right about the fact that poor form caused the lower back pain, which actually started last summer where i started doing a lot of heavy deadlifting and squats. And my lag of flexibility made it even worse.

In this picture from 2008 i just discovered that you can actually see that my spine is not straight?
Does this matter gives an explanation on the fact that my back got no symmetry(right and left)? :stuck_out_tongue:

are you hunched over a desk much for most of the day?

the way i see it is like this, go to a dr. , chiropractor, or whereever to get your alinment, (for your symmetry), not everyone is symmertical
and then start doing corrective excerises for your scoliosis

but be careful about picking a dr or chiro, go with one that has good recommedations

I’d recommend going to a good chiropractor, they have much better training in dealing with this kind of an issue.


You’re up

While I’m not a doctor, I think your pain might be somewhat related to the magnetic letter “H” that appers to be lodged in your ribcage.


[quote]dollarbill44 wrote:
While I’m not a doctor, I think your pain might be somewhat related to the magnetic letter “H” that appers to be lodged in your ribcage.



[quote]BradTGIF wrote:

[quote]dollarbill44 wrote:
While I’m not a doctor, I think your pain might be somewhat related to the magnetic letter “H” that appers to be lodged in your ribcage.




What does your Dr. think?

I don’t know if the upper curvature would cause lower back pain. Could be a simple alignmnet issue or not. A Dr would know.

If it’s a disc, you need an MRI. Here is one post operative of mine, after I ruptured my L5 disc again.

L4 to L5 and L5 to S1 are injured most often in the back. Sometimes seeing a Osteopath, or DO, for manual gental manipulation can be benefitual. You can look up doctors of DO online. They are much different than Chiros as they are also Medical Doctors, so they treat the patient as a whole and deal with body mechanics. Bottome line make an appointment with a DO. Here is a website where you can locate one in your area.


Any more questions PM me as I am a practicing doctor, but do not specialize in Osteopathics

Your lower thoracic spine looks worse than your lumbar spine. T10-T-11 look suspicious from the P-A view(pic.1), and on pic. 3 there appears to be a Schmorl’s node at the same level. Schmorl’s node is an “indention” at the vertebral end plate; look at the bottom of T10, which is near the top of pic. 3. These used to be thought of as “incidental findings” and not given too much attention. However, this likely indicates injury of a compressive nature at this level. Wouldn’t surprise me if you have disc injury at this level on MRI. Even though your pain is lower, this is quite possibly the culprit. Do you have any neurological symptoms ie. numbness, tingling or pain in your legs or feet or changes in bowel or bladder function?