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    spartan84 is offline Junior Member
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    Hi im a long time follower of the forum here, the information i've learned here has been unbelievably helpful for my goals, and really appreciate it. I have a little problem that im sure some of you other workout enthusiasts have encountered in the past, injuries. For quite a few years i have had lower right back pain near my SI joint and have been unable to fix it. Having pain like that really sets my back on alot of my daily activities. The times that spur it the most is overly exercising my abdominal area or prolonged sitting which i have to for work. My thinking is either weak psoas muscles or very tight hip flexors or even possible knots in the glutes, im not sure if this would make sense to be causing this but its just my thoughts. So i wanted to see if anyone encountered this in the past and what they have done to fix it. Any thought or suggestions are very much appreciated
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    You said you had this problem for years. Get looked at by your doctor. Accessmments from the internet is just guessing and risky. Nobody on the forum can possibly have accurate information that would help you because causes and cures for back pain covers a wide area and more harm than good could result...Dennis

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    Unhappy thanks

    i understand what your saying, but i have seen a doc, have had xrays, ct all neg except a slightly subluxed disk L-5/S-1 and was told that wouldnt have caused that. Im a strong believer md's are just pill pushers and im just trying to find the root cause and not just hide the symptoms. I was hoping to get some advice on stretches or maybe i have a muscle imbalance. I appreciate your advice but the docs werent able to properly diagnose it.

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    just wanted to add that the pain is not so drastic that i am unable to perform any type of activity suggested, so im definitely open to try anything to fix this

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    Quote Originally Posted by spartan84 View Post
    just wanted to add that the pain is not so drastic that i am unable to perform any type of activity suggested, so im definitely open to try anything to fix this
    Investing your time in one of Esther Gokhale's free workshops (http://gokhalemethod.com/) would be well worth it IMO.

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    Dennis' advice is spot on. My experience, I have had pain in my right side for the past few months. When I had it checked by my chiropractor, he said that my SI was affected. Weekly treatments from him and 2 sessions with an acupuncturist seemed to help but the pain was still there. I did Super Joints and Intuflow but I found that the yoga pigeon pose and brettzels really helped alleviate the pain. Recently I looked into Tim Anderson's and Mike McNiff's ebooks "Becoming Bulletproof" and "Pressing Reset" has really helped with this issue. I have been in karate since April and a lot of the kicking drills was affecting my back, but Tim and Mike's book have really helped in the past two weeks with this. Something to look into.

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    thanks cal ill check it out and give it a try

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    yeah i see what your saying. I have experimented with so many things over the years including back bridges, and straight legged deadlifts, which seem to help, but doesnt fix it entirely. Im glad to hear 'Becoming Bulletproof' and 'Pressing Reset' helped you ill check it out. i just really want to get back to the way i was when i had no restrictions. thanks kbSagoo appreciate it

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    Quote Originally Posted by spartan84 View Post
    i understand what your saying, but i have seen a doc, have had xrays, ct all neg except a slightly subluxed disk L-5/S-1 and was told that wouldnt have caused that. Im a strong believer md's are just pill pushers and im just trying to find the root cause and not just hide the symptoms. I was hoping to get some advice on stretches or maybe i have a muscle imbalance. I appreciate your advice but the docs werent able to properly diagnose it.
    I can appreciate your opinions that MDs are pull pushers. But that does not require you follow a treatment based on pain mess alone. By getting a proper evaluation from a physician you can rule in or out any structural and medical issues. Once you do this you can proceed with the appropriate treatment. X rays and MRIs can show disc issues and so much more. Once you determine its not caused by inflammation, herniated discs ect you can/should be able to work with a good PT. My advise for you would be to do your research. Find a PT or MD that will work to fix the issue not simply eliminate the pain. Experimenting on your own and especially via the Internet is a very risky thing. I have had multiple clients and friends more or less fix their back issues with corrective exercises...but only after they have been evaluated and diagnosed by a qualified medical professional.
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    A second medical opinion might be a good idea - since you're active, a doctor with experience with athletes would be good. As to doctors being pill pushers - some are, some aren't, so find one you can trust. They're out there, I assure you.

    Be very careful about how you do ab exercise - do it at the end of your day if having tired abs bothers your back, or don't do specific ab work at all but rather focus on movements that involve your abs. My own preference for ab work is to keep it very short and very intense, e.g., I'll do 4 hanging leg raises, or a similar number of standing wheel rollouts, and that's it.

    Try the kettlebell windmill - except try it without a weight first. Learn it from a Level II RKC or higher.

    Purchase "Treat Your Own Back" by Robin McKenzie to learn why sitting bothers you and what to do about it - it's a $10 book and it's a life-saver. Some of the things taught at the RKC have their original in this book.

    Hope that helps.
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