very dull pain in lower back, got MRI and found out I have a herniated l4-l5 disc

by Ryan S
(Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada)

Is the Slump test positive?

Is the Slump test positive?

No Stenosis present. Although there is lower back pain when on long drives in the car, and quite frankly I'm scared to play any sports so that I don't injure myself any further.

I went for chiropractic adjustments and it made it worse so I stopped going. I'm a bodybuilder and I stopped lifting heavy, just doing some high reps in the gym without doing any deadlifts or squats.

Thanks, Ryan

Hello Ryan,
Without leg pain, there's no need to panic. You have a grade I herniation.

Having said that, it takes only one good sneeze, or an awkward movement at the gym or slipping on ice to turn it into a grade II. Then there's tingling and perhaps pain in the leg.

So it would be wise to stay off sports for the present, and even the gym is suspect.

Start by doing some lower back exercises every single morning before getting out of bed, and again at night. Try and sit less, go for walks and use an ice pack.

Chiropractors use a number of techniques for this problem; usually it's not drama in the absence of leg pain, but it does mean that one form of manipulation may not be as good as another.

Perhaps you need to start looking for a chiropractor who uses different methods; talk to friends and family, and even your doctor. Don't allow it to become chronic; then you end up with a weak back for ever.

Go down on one knee rather than bend and just be careful, give the herniation time to heal; about six weeks unless you keep reinjuring it.

Dr B


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Apr 10, 2017
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by: Barrie

Serious weights at least six weeks, and then you need to build up to it slowly. If that Slump test remains positive, or bending hurts, then beware!

Do our lower back exercises not every morning before getting out of bed. Find them in the navigation bar at Chiropractic Help.

Mar 19, 2017
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When can I get back into sports?
by: Anonymous

Thanks Dr. B,

When do you think is a good indicator of when I could return to play?

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