Have You Ever Suffered With Back Pain?

Have You Ever Suffered With Back Pain?

I am planning to do a solid blog post next week on Leg workouts working around back pain and injuries.

But for now i just wanted to open this up to some general feedback on back injuries or ANY injuries for that matter!

Share some of your stories about past injuries and what you did to recover from them.  I am  really interested in hearing from you and thanks for your time!\

Leave me some feedback & tell me about your injuries and your recovery!


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  • Ryan

    Herniated L4-5 disc a few years ago. Ever since i do not do deadlifts at all or any heavy squats. Went to physio off and on for a few months and found that helped a good bit. Took around 3-4 months off from any lifting at all. Doing pretty good ever since, havent had any reoccurances. Tried deadlifting a few times, very lightly, and i could feel my back reacting strangely. I just stay away from it altogether. I still squat but not overly heavy. I usually stick to heavy leg presses and it doesnt bother my back.

  • Rob King

    Hey Ryan

    I am really surprised that leg presses dont bother your back! Most people I talk to with back injuries fiind them brutal, but if your range of motion is short you can prob get away with them.

    I did them before going really deep and they tore me apart! I may re-try them single leg with only a partial ROM.

    Thanks for the feedback!

  • Hey Rob,

    23 years old, now 17 years ago (damm), anyway, I was a gym rat, followed all the Flex magazines, and was doing a Vince Taylor Back work out. Had never done, olympic bar bent over rows. Had 3 (25) on either side, not much, but enough to have a dagger like stabbing in the middle of my back to get me to my knee. Couldn’t straighen up. Later was told that I needed surgery for the 2 herniated discs in my back.

    Rehabed it on my own, with some help of the chiropractor, later went on to become a chiropractor myself. I remember at the time, I could do squats fairly early on, but couldn’t do the incline plate loaded leg press. That absolutely killed. Also had pain with the lying flat hamstring curl.

    Bottom line: listen to your body, know what you can do, what hurts, what doesn’t. Avoid direct and/or angled pressing, open chain exercises are great, core strength is great (except a lof of lower ab leg raises). Flexibility is key, hamstring flexibility, Multifidi flexibility, psoas flexibility, adductor flexibility, TFL flexibility, and an underrated variable is not absolute strength, but studies show that endurance is key. Plank exercises are great. Lastly, sometimes, you just have to accept changes. Being 40 now, its no sense for me to go above a plate or plate and a quarter for nice deep controlled free weight squats. I don’t need ever go like I use to.

    Hope that help.

    P.S. I love to circuit train, core train, and absolutely OCD on the treadmill running 7 miles 4 times per week. Everynow and then when I am not careful, the back will act up. People who have injured their backs in the past have to realize that the have a “silent killer” or “sleeping dragon” ready to strike when you least expect, so train intelligently, like you “expect it”.

    Keep well.

  • Rob King

    Solid Reply Joel!

    Thanks for the info!

  • Jonathon Lilly

    About a year & a half ago, I was getting home from work & I noticed that my left leg was feeling numb, a weird kinda numb not like it was losing blood. So I got kinda freaked out. So I went to my doctor & she sent me for a CT Scan. It came back that I had a herniated disc in my L5-S1. The herniated disc was pincing a nerve causing the numbness in my leg. Strange thing was that lying down, sitting or standing still bothered me. Moving around & walking caused the pain to go away. Right now my back is feeling better (after a year straight of Physio). But I am still having muscle problems in my Thigh & Glute.

  • ian anderson

    rob , hi its ian anderson here . sorry i didnt put the url but i dont even know what that is . i just started on computer . Az for backpain , i;ve suffered with it since the 80s but im hoping that through workin out this is something that i,ll b able 2 call it a thing of the past by making my back muscles alot stronger so that they can offer more support to my spine . az i,ve said before im just getting myself back 2 the gym but i took your advice and got off my — and finally went .ian —- Scotland

  • Chris

    Hello, am working in a resturant, and i do alot of body activities there, and now, am having pain in my waist and wrist, what kind of medicine can you prescribe for me, also, i would you to prescribe me some supplement i can be taken for muscular development if am not weight lifting, thanks and hope to hear from you.


  • Dustin

    This last December I strained my back. Nothing as serious as what the guys above me are talking about but still a back injury none the less. I was doing straight leg dead lifts (with my knees locked out, learned from this one) and at the bottom of the movement as I transitioned to straighten up and I felt a pop. I immediately dropped the weight as popping in ones back is usually a bad thing…

    I couldn’t walk the next two days without severe pain and had zero natural range of motion. After a couple weeks of pain and putting up with it I saw a sports med doc. He put me on a two week regimen of ice, 800 mg ibuprofen and easy recumbent cycling. It cleared up the pain and I’m back to dead lifting again.

    Lessons learned from my injury:
    -Don’t lock our your knees, ever with weights in your hands.
    -Don’t attempt to stretch a muscle with weights in your hands. Weights are for developing muscles, not stretching them.
    -If you hurt yourself, see a doctor. I could have saved two weeks recovery had I seen him right away.
    -Before doing an exercise, make sure you know the mechanics and are performing the lift correctly. All too often there are minor nuances that will protect you from injury or even enable you to get more out of the lift.


  • Terry

    This past summer I was doing some flat dumbbell press. At the time my form wasn’t that great and when I was putting the weight up I had a serious back spasm, nearly dropped the weights on myself. I could hardly walk, couldn’t turn side to side and spent a week in bed and 2 weeks out of the gym. Instead of jumping back into my routine I actually listened to the doctor and went to my chiropractic appointments and slowly worked my way back up to my weight routine in the gym. I have had a ton of experience when it comes to back injuries, had back problems for years. The best treatment I have came across is regular chiropractic work. Most people think it is going to cost a lot of money, it doesn’t if you have insurance it is usually covered. Some people say it doesn’t work, well when I looked at my x-rays at the start of my treatment and the end of my treatment they looked much different. I went from being in constant pain to feeling great over the course of my treatment in my last injury, gained much back strength back quickly as well. The best way in my opinion to go about back injuries is to see a chiropractor, ask about a stretching routine, ice the bothered area daily and try to pay attention to your form, did wonders for me.

  • Grant

    Yeah back pain has been with me most of my life. I’ve been seeing a chiro since I was a teen. He’s able to patch me up for a few weeks but it never lasts. I do not walk properly and I’m carrying too much weight on the belly and that doesn’t help. So I’m told that my hips are always out of whack. This causes pain walking and standing straight. One of the many reasons why I want to lose the weight and gain strength, so this doesn’t happen anymore – or at least as often.

    Any recommendations on exercise/workouts to strengthen the lower back and hip area?

  • Hey Rob,

    Solid advice all a round so far.

    One thing I wanted to add Rob that forgot, was the fact that movement in general is the key. Even though I correctly assumed that your readers are active and advanced with execise background and knowledge, the one thing I see in practice alot of times is deconditioning.

    This includes being overweight, unexercised, and not too aware of health in general. The exercise component seems to be the one lacking the most, followed by bad information on proper eating.

    The point being, taking care of yourself with eating healthy, exercising regularly, maintaining ideal body weight, and training properly.

    When an injury occurs in leiu of that, you properly a) over did it b)trained incorrecty, and c)were doing something you probably shouldn’t be, especially in the case of a prior injury, or predisposition.

    OR you weren’t truthful to yourself, and haven’t been taking as good of care of yourself as you could or should be.

    The solution is early movement, Dustin is right with the anti-inflammatories early in the injury, and if you don’t go to the doctor, you kind of miss the best window. Other bad stuff happens like scar tissue development, more tissue damage from continued training and maybe even chronic pain.

    Finally, learning what you did wrong so you don’t repeat it again find an alternative movement, find a new goal, or both. Learning from professionals that put together theses programs, professionals who put together proper supplementation programs, is the other key.

    A good place to start is general activity to increase the cardiovascular component if you’ve been off exercise all together.

    Thanks Rob for having this discussion.
    Joel Rosen

  • thats crazy i always strech and wear a weight belt for my back since im 6’1 i have to be careful ive had a hurnia from trying to do powerlifting when i was 17 that shit is painfull but just rest and try to find other exercises that focus on your back that wont put to much strain on the hurt area

  • Matt C.

    Whats Up Rob,
    Sorry to hear about your back. As Iv’e told you before my lower back is shot to sh*t. In 1998 I tried to catch a very heavy item at work and it took me to the ground with it. Then it didn’t hurt as bad but as I went through the years I started feeling pains shoot through my legs into my testicles and across my lower back. Some days I just fell out of bed I hurt so bad. Had the MRI done and it showed that the disk that sits above the tail bone was turned in quiet an odd way, allowing all of the fluid that pads the bone to drain out, also the bone is sitting on a major nerve. I had injections done to kill the nerve. Some times it wakes up and I’ll be down a few days. I use inversion tables to help out, THEY WORK. The doctors say I should have surgery and have the bones fused when I’m in my late 30’s maybe 40’s. (AS long as I can stand it) As far as my workouts go, it’s not to bad because I’ve trained myself how to work around the injury, not able to squat heavy or do much over head heavy lifting. However a good old fashioned deadlift seems to help out. So there is my story in a short version.

  • Anthony

    YES!!! I have (had) lower back problems that would bring tears to my eyes. Used to be a daily thing, now it flairs up from time to time. I discovered working out and building up my core and lots of stretching were the only cure. I’d seen too many people hooked on pain killers and didn’t want that.

  • James

    I have never had serious back pain but everyone I know does. All I ever hear about it is that it can be so bad sometimes they almost cry. I can only imagine the pain people with pack pain go through, my friend has been off of work on compo for 3 years and lost his job. Now at the age of 30 he has to find a new career path!

  • Rob King

    James I hope you never do.

    Take the worst toothache you ever had, and put it in your back. Not fun!

  • Rob King

    Hi Anthony,

    I feel your pain buddy! Been on and off like that for me for 10 years now. MRI and some good chiro hopefully i can get somewhere.

    Your right the core and stretching helps a lot! Its more about managing it properly.

    Thanks for the post!

  • Rob King

    Hey Matt

    Nice hearing from you.

    Man i hurt it doing deadlifts. I think those are great exercises but BECAREFUL 🙂

    Inversions help, i have on here. You have to start slow with them or they can really flare things up!

    Thanks for the feedback man, inversion table for me tonight, MRI tmrw. Ill keep u posted and thanks for the post! Gives me some hope!

  • Christa

    About 2 years ago I was a passenger in an MVA. I suffered from tingling in my legs, burning sensations, sometimes felt like I had Deep Cold on my lower back when in fact I didn’t. Sharp electrical pain shooting from my lower back to the back of my knees. I can go on. Anyway, I have 3 bulging/herinated discs, I have gone to Massage, Accupuncture, Physio, Chiropractor not to mention tried many meds. To date I am still doing physio once a week or once every 2 weeks. Trying to remain active, but I find running difficult, as well as several back exercises ie) deadlifts etc. Meds have “assisted” with the severity of the pain, but I think it all boils down to staying “reasonably” active and through trial and error learning the exercies that help and those you should avoid. I find Yoga, Pilates and Kickboxing difficult as well as any abdominal exercise which involves lifting the back/neck ie)typical crunch. Oh….and no plyometrics…or jumping of any sort. I REALLY hope this changes soon, it is very frustrating……good luck with your injury.

  • Rob King


    Nice hearing from you and thanks for the reply.

    Thats BRUTAL! I am sorry to hear this! It sounds like nerve & soft tissue damage as well as the bulging discs.

    It is far from my area of knowledge but If I can help anyway just ask.

    All the best.

  • Christa

    Thanks Rob!