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bootlegger
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Tweaked lower back
Was on my last set (5+) of squats Monday. Rep 6 my right shoulder crept forward, and I knew I kinda pulled something getting back set. Pushed out 2 more reps, and wrapped up. Felt funny leaving gym, and sharp pain set in good that night.

Now 2 days later, still sharp pain in low right side of back. Doesn't seem to be responding to anything in the medicine cabinet, heating pad, or even TENS unit.

I'm sure other have done this, so is there some type of active recovery or something that'll help this along? I sneezed earlier today and it bout buckled my knees.


Rep520
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re: Tweaked lower back
Is it radiating?

My baseline is always ice and anti-inflammatories in that region. Especially if it is not directly aligned with a muscle and radiating, the likelihood it's an injury inflaming a nerve is super high.

If it's 100% on a muscle, you could have torn the muscle. Worst case...you could have a disc issue. 100% doctor for disc issues.

I'd push the ice/NSAID hard for 3 days. If no improvement, doctor. Of course, going to a doc right now is never that bad an idea.


bootlegger
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re: Tweaked lower back
Isn't radiating, just feels like someone stabbing me with a hot knife when I move certain ways. Getting comfortable in the bed is literally a pain in the upper ass.

Usually if I pull a muscle, jumping on it fast with anti-inflammatory meds and the TENS unit will squash it. Nothing I've taken has seemed to touch this yet, though. I'm gonna switch from heat to ice and see what happens.


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Athos
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re: Tweaked lower back
Have you tried KETO?


OleWarSkuleAlum
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re: Tweaked lower back
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Have you tried KETO?


Yo laugh but he’ll be healed in half the time and this injury likely would have been prevented.


OleWarSkuleAlum
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re: Tweaked lower back
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My baseline is always ice


Ice is the worst thing you can do recovery wise. The latest literature suggests a delay of ~25% in healing time with the utilization of ice.


bootlegger
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re: Tweaked lower back
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would have been prevented


Me staying focused on my form would've prevented it. Definitely know it's my fault


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Rep520
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re: Tweaked lower back
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Ice is the worst thing you can do recovery wise. The latest literature suggests a delay of ~25% in healing time with the utilization of ice.


Not for a nerve impingement/pressure. I read the study posted the other day, but inflammation for soft tissue vs pressure on a nerve is verh different.

Inflammation response does help with soft tissue, but nerve pressure has always been major for me in the low back, and I think for a lot of people. Relieving that, reduction in inflammation is huge.

Just my 2 cents, but I feel strongly here, much more so than soft tissue injuries.
This post was edited on 6/24 at 5:02 pm


Big Scrub TX
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re: Tweaked lower back
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sharp pain in low right side of back.
Hoping it's not disc.

Question: can you "get" to it by rubbing it? Like, can you massage the pain and have it feel like a massage? Or does it seem like it's so far in that you can't really "reach" it?


Mingo Was His NameO
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re: Tweaked lower back
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Not for a nerve impingement/pressure. I read the study posted the other day, but inflammation for soft tissue vs pressure on a nerve is verh different.

Inflammation response does help with soft tissue, but nerve pressure has always been major for me in the low back, and I think for a lot of people. Relieving that, reduction in inflammation is huge.

Just my 2 cents, but I feel strongly here, much more so than soft tissue injuries.


Don't let thought and reason get in the way of OWS regurgitating the fringe though du jour in every thread.


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bootlegger
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re: Tweaked lower back
Yeah, I can get to it. It's offset of my spine, so feels more like an erector or lumborum muscle.


lattin1
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re: Tweaked lower back
I've done this several times over the years. It's annoying AF but usually, for me at least, once you warm the muscle up the pain subsides. Typically a couple sets of low weight deadlifts was all it took. That being said, in my experience it takes a long time for the pain to go away completely so if it's unbearable you might want to look into getting dry needled by a physical therapist. That usually knocks it out in a couple of days rather than weeks.


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Big Scrub TX
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re: Tweaked lower back
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Yeah, I can get to it.
That's good.

quote:

It's offset of my spine, so feels more like an erector or lumborum muscle.
But being offset of your spine doesn't make it more or less likely to be disc-related. Just making triple sure you can massage it and actually get the "hurts so good" type of massage pain.


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zatetic
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re: Tweaked lower back
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Was on my last set (5+) of squats Monday. Rep 6 my right shoulder crept forward, and I knew I kinda pulled something getting back set. Pushed out 2 more reps


Not that this helps your problem, but I feel it needs to be stressed that pushing more reps out on squats and deadlift after something is off is almost always a terrible decision.


bootlegger
Southeastern LA Fan
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Member since Dec 2012
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re: Tweaked lower back
Yep....I totally screwed it up, not just letting the form lapse but doing the additional 2 reps. Kinda why I included those details, and also why I'm pissed at myself for being in pain, because I should've known better.


Lester Earl
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re: Tweaked lower back
Rest man. That’s the only thing

Give it 5-7 days at least. If it hasn’t improved go see a Dr


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tke_swamprat
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Houma, LA
Member since Aug 2004
7098 posts

re: Tweaked lower back
Have you tried taking 2 Aleve and 1 ES Tylenol together? You can do that 3 times a day for 2-3 days if not medically contraindicated and then go to twice a day for 2 days and then to the traditional way of taking Aleve and Tylenol.


bootlegger
Southeastern LA Fan
Ponchatoula
Member since Dec 2012
4714 posts

re: Tweaked lower back
Haven't tried that yet, but will first thing in the morning. I just need some relief. Did some very light weight deadlifts this evening (under 100#), and went very slow with perfect form. Actually felt really good to warm up those muscles. Only thing so far that has helped.


AyyyBaw
LSU Fan
Lafayette
Member since Jan 2020
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re: Tweaked lower back
Kelly Starrett - back tweak fix

If it is muscular you can try this to help calm muscle spasms down. I've tweaked my back similar to your description several times a few years ago. If you can walk pain free then make sure to get your steps in. Stay moving as much as possible as long as it doesn't make the pain worse.



bootlegger
Southeastern LA Fan
Ponchatoula
Member since Dec 2012
4714 posts

re: Tweaked lower back
Took a muscle relaxer last night, and it helped with my back a lot.....but it transferred the pain into my testicles. So the same movements that would aggravate my back (coughing, sneezing, standing up from a chair...) are now sharply felt in my nuts. Made for a long arse night.. not taking that shite again. Gonna try to keep moving, and will head to the Doc tomorrow. Seems to be better today, now that my nuts aren't killing me anymore.


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