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    Old 05-12-2017, 09:50 PM   #1
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    My friend really hurt his back - what don't I know?

    So a close friend of mine about a year ago was playing hockey and got checked from behind on his back really hard. I wasn't there but sounded extremely nasty. Friend landed wrong way and ever since his back has been hurting.

    Things were alright until about a week ago when he just was bending down to tie his shoe and stood up and bam. Way more pain all of sudden. I was there and the whole thing was weird.

    I've known this guy since I was like in 6th grade and want to give him good simple advice. He's honestly not too bright so I don't want to go into medications or anything. He knows obviously not to lift heavy things for a long time and has got an ice pack. But I know there's a ton of stuff he doesn't know.

    If you could go back in time and tell yourself a few things about chronic back pain that would've really benefited you in the years to come, what would you have said?

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    Re: My friend really hurt his back - what don't I know?

    Welcome to the board. I'm not clear on whether your friend has continued to have lower back pain ever since the injury?

    The sudden pain sounds fairly typical for a disc herniation. The disc was initially hurt in the hockey episode, and probably somewhat weakened. Then as we go about our daily activities, the disc continues to weaken until there is a moment that turns out to be the "straw that broke the camel's back." People can herniated a disc when sneezing.

    If this is what happened, the disc can heal without surgical intervention, but it does require some patience and discipline. No BLTs--bending, lifting, twisting. He should continue to use good posture and structural alignment and should get moderate exercise that doesn't tax the spine. He should work to strengthen the core and back as these muscles must be strong and balanced to maintain spinal integrity. A good diet is important as well as drinking lots of fluids.

    You can find sites online that will show you exercises to strengthen the back and exercises for lumbar disc herniations. Your friend can use ice or heat, whichever feels best, and can take NSAIDs for any inflammation and pain he may have.

    If the situation does not improve in 6-8 weeks, he should see a doctor. Read about lumbar disc herniation to learn more!

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