I’m glad someone brought this up. I have been seeing a chiro lately with lower back pain. Apparently I have one of those “subluxations” or whatever. I basically got a fucked up lower back that hurts when I squat or dead or row without a chest support.
#1. Can I heal, or do I have to put up with this shit for the rest of my life? Will isolateral exercises help me out?
#2. For the moment I have eliminated squats and deads. What exercises can I use to keep me from wasting away?
Today i worked legs. I did single leg bodyweight squats, leg extensions and leg curls. I know the latter two suck, but I’m running low in ideas.
Sounds like you may have just strained a muscle. Usually, although not always, a herniated disc will put pressure on a nerve and you’ll feel pain radiating to another part of your body.
For instance, at the L4-5 level, which is what I have, and also at L5-S1, the disc puts pressure on the sciatic nerve and you have pain running down one or both legs. I had pain down the entire back of my leg and it hurt to walk, and even hurt to lie down unless I was in a specific position.
As far as exercises, I’ve already recommended pullups and dips. Try lunges for your legs. Don’t worry about wasting away - worry about healing. By healing, you’ll live to train another day.
so if i dont have pain radiating down either leg, that means its not an herniated disc? [/quote]
Not necessarily - it’s possible to have a herniated disc with no symptoms. The good news is, and this is what my neurosurgeon told me, if you don’t have any symptoms such as pain down your leg(s), it “doesn’t matter” that your disc is herniated.
Nevertheless, the fact that you don’t have any symptoms other than some back pain is generally a good sign and more than likely you don’t have a herniation. Note that a “subluxation” is NOT the same as a herniation. The thing with chiropractic care for back pain, if it helps relieve your pain, great.
If not, you may want to seriously consider not going. As I mentioned in one of my posts here, a chiro who does over-aggressive manipulation can actually cause more harm than good.