I've been to an orthopedist today due to some back pain in my lower back.
It started a few weeks ago, and at a time I would feel an annoying pain every time I stepped (right side, went through leg). It stopped. After that, some warmth in my low back. Now, pain if I let myself bend excesivelly backwards without contracting my abs or if I twist a lot to the left.
I also seem to have some proeminent vertebrae around, I think L4 or L5.....and am now praying it isn't spondylolisthesis.
Back to the orthopedist, I should be getting a X-ray next. She also mentioned my erectors were very "contracted". She told me to use a muscle relaxant,A centrally acting muscle relaxant that has been used for the symptomatic treatment of spasticity and muscle spasm.>
Should I use it? Also, what else can I do? Massage?
I asked about stretching, and the doctor said that at how tense my muscle are any work might result in a herniated disk. I read that trainging the antagonist relaxes a muscle, would crunches/l-sits/leg-raises help?
Many thanks, Vlad
P.S.:as soon as I get the X-ray done I'll tell you if there's any structural problem. btw, anyone else have proeminent vertebrae troughout the spine?