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Old 08-02-2007, 04:05 PM   #1
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Back Sprain? 5 Months Now?? Really need advice.

I hurt my back about almost a year ago. I was practicing martial arts, and doing a jumping kick. Anyway I landed with my leg straight, and I'm guessing there was too my stress on my back, so I got injured.

It didn't really get better for a few months, but then I didn't take time of from practice either. Then about 7 monts ago I was kicking, and got a really sharp pain up the right side of my back. I tried to keep practicing, but I just couldn't do it, so I decided to take complete time off from training (really hard for me to do), until my back heals. Its been 5 months since I started, and although my back is much better, I still have some slight aching pain, and my lower right back muscle (erector spinae?) feels really weird. Its definitely tighter than the other side, and there is an odd feeling in it when I stretch it.

It only seems to get better, if I avoid completely bending over, or moving my back at all, so I have to walk around with my back straight up and down constantly, and squat to do everything low. Otherwise if i bend to the left, I get a aching pain at the very bottom of the mucle, as well as if i bend forward.

It seems odd because I would think it should heal even if I am moving it in every day activities. When I went to the doctor before, it was just some doc at the emergency room, and he just told me its a mucle sprain, and to take a few weeks off. Although I can't visit a doctor again until school starts, which is a little less than 2 months from now, thats when my medical insurance starts.

I need any advice on what it could be....maybe a ligament was damaged? Im going to give it another week with no bending over whatsoever, and see if i make any notable progress.

Any help is appreciated. Thanks!

 
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Old 08-02-2007, 05:21 PM   #2
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Re: Back Sprain? 5 Months Now?? Really need advice.

Nobody really can tell you for sure what exactly is wrong until you have any CT, MRI done. When i used to be gym crazy lady i woud sprain my muscles a lot lifting weights. They only thing i can tell you for sure: this was a mistake that you continue put stress on your back without knowing why do you get pain for so long.
Therefore i feel that you have to see spinal specialist and go from there. Meanwhile you have to give your body a rest from any stressful excersise. And feel better!!

 
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Re: Back Sprain? 5 Months Now?? Really need advice.

Hi,
Welcome! I have to echo the same advice, get to a spine dr. before you do anything else. You could do major damage if you don't know whats wrong. I really wouldn't be doing anything but resting your back until you get to the doctor. It really is rather hard to guess what it might be since two people can have the same problem an have different symptoms. I do hope you don't have to wait till school starts but if that is so just take it easy until then.

I'll be praying for you.

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Old 08-06-2007, 07:08 PM   #4
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What does "rest" an injury mean exactly???

I know your supposed to rest a sports injury (muscle strain), but what exactly does that mean. I have a really bad habbit when it comes to this, and I would appreciate some insight on it.

If I have a sports injury, I always rest for a few days, if that, and then I'll check the injury to see if it feels better. Though it never seems to heal very fast at all. How do you check an injury to see if it is better, without damaging it further?? Also, does an injury heal even if you use it lightly? Or do you have to go without using it completely, meaning no pain at all, for a few weeks?

 
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Re: What does "rest" an injury mean exactly???

There is probably no single, short answer to this question. I have never heard of resting an injury, so it's probably slang for resting an injured body or body part.

Part of being a skilled athlete is being in touch with what one's body requires to perform physically, and when to not give one's absolute 'all' to prevent injury. This requires basic knowledge of anatomy, physiology and kinetics, which an athlete must have to gain top performance.

The idea behind resting one's body when it is injured comes from the notion that the injury will become worse if this is not done. For example: Body building places extreme forces on the human body. Good body builders are in touch with their bodies. They know how to work the human body in a way that prevents injury, and maximises performance.

The easiest way to gain this 'experience' is to train a little lighter than your expected performance level, and feel yourself out for a few years, so you can get an idea of 'your' body.

Setting goals beyond the capbility of one's athletic skill, or human body itself, and having unrealistic expectations for how fast, hard, high, deep, or long one can do something with his/her body is the source of injury, and not healing properly.

 
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No one gives an answer. Need Help. How do you give something enough time to heal???

I have had a strained right lower back for going on 6 months now. It is slowly getting better, but at a snails pace! I don't know what i'm doing wrong. Everywhere on the net says it should heal within a few weeks.

I mean, everyone says, maybe your not giving it enough time to heal? Sometimes I will bend over and such to see if it has gotten any better, which increases my pain a bit, but thats it. I avoid lifting, or exercising it.

My basic question is. When you have a muscle pull, should you avoid any activities that cause it pain? Does pain mean that your making it worse, or retearing muscle fibers that were healing?

It is fine just walking around, as long as I don't bend over too far forward, or sometimes when stand up from a sitting position it hurts for a second.

The only thing I can think of, is when I check the injury, maybe its retearing some of the fibers, so it never gets a chance to heal.

Please if anyone has some information on this, I would greatly appreciate it.

 
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Re: No one gives an answer. Need Help. How do you give something enough time to hea

i would guess and say if it hurts dont do it.if you feel it is not what the doc says it is.return and ask more questions.

 
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Re: No one gives an answer. Need Help. How do you give something enough time to hea

was this actual injury confirmed in any way like with an MRI or CT just to rule out other possibilities?i too would think if this was indeed just a strain that you would be having much better results by now.i do think obtaining an MRI would really be in your best interest at this point in time.this should be much better by now.this could actually be stemming from a disc or nerve issue and not actually a muscle sprain or strain.just a suggestion for you.you just need to know for certain where the pain is actually coming from.even if you are actually feeling pain 'just' in the muscle area,it still can be stemming from a really angry spinal nerve or even sciatica.affected nerves just love to terrorize muscles.please keep us posted,K? FB
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Re: No one gives an answer. Need Help. How do you give something enough time to hea

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was this actual injury confirmed in any way like with an MRI or CT just to rule out other possibilities?i too would think if this was indeed just a strain that you would be having much better results by now....
What makes you think it is a strain? I ask, because I thought I had injured my back (but wasn't aware of doing so), had my doctor check it out (he ruled out a tumor) only to learn months and months later that the excruciating pain and immobility I was experiencing was actually a side effect of a diuretic I was taking...and based on my experience, I'd be willing to be there were other meds out there causing the same problems!
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