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    Anyone here have any idea what I've done to my back?

    Ok, here's the background.
    A couple of years ago I could squat and deadlift no problem.
    Then my computer broke, so I bought a Playstation. This involved me sitting hunched over for hours on end every day playing. About 2 months after doing this I started to get lower pain doing squats and basically anything that worked the lower back.
    I kept using the playstaion hunched over until about 1 month ago. I'm still getting lower back pain on squats and anything where I bend over.
    Sometimes my buttocks go numb and sore at the same time. I know something is seriously up here.
    Funny thing is that I can squat 160kg and get pain, but it's not as painful as if something was seriously up with it. When I trap bar deadlift 225kg I don't get serious pain.
    I went to a doctor and he told me to do sit ups. This isn't helping.
    I want to see a chiro but I just don't have the money.
    Do you guys have any idea what this may be?
    I'm scared it might be a herniated disk, but the pain I get doesn't seem to suggest that.
    Please help.

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    I'm not a doctor, so I won't even hazard a guess as to what is wrong. But, if squats hurt and the trap bar doesn't, just keep using the trap bar and drop the squats and play station until things get better. Definitely keep working the ab muscles and throw in some low back stuff as well. Nothing heavy, but some high rep back extensions should help. If things stay bad and you keep hurting, go see a specialist.
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    I would stop hunching over while playing playstation...

    That could help, but I don't know what you did. A doctor telling you to "do situps" is a pretty half ass answer as well, although I imagine there was a bit more substance to it.

    My guess is he's thinking you lack core strength. But again, I have no idea what he said to you or what the situation really was.
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    The gym director at work (we have a gym at work) said he sees it everyday with people here. We sit at our desks for 8 hours then try to come in the gym and start exercising after our bodies have been locked down in a sitting position all day. He said sitting for extended lengths of time can cause temporary (by temporary I mean a few hours) compression in your spine as well as locked up hip flexors. I was dealing with severe back tightness after deadlifting and he suggested I get up at least every 30 minutes and walk around and even do some hip flexor stretches (he suggested foam rolling as well, but I don't think my boss would go for me doing that a couple of times a day...) at least every 30 minutes to 1 hour. I get up every 30 minutes and walk around, stretch a bit, pop my back, and guess what? No more back tightness.

    Give it a try.
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    Thanks for responses guys.
    Should I start squatting again or not?
    Cheers.

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    Also try more hamstring stretches. Dont sit with your feet under you, stretch your legs out in front of you. The more contracted your hamstrings are, the tighter they will become.

    You might also want to look up some stretches for the iliopsoas muscles.

    I tore a muscle in my lower back about a month ago and have had quite an education in the streching and conditioning of the muscle groups you seem to be having issues with.
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    Quote Originally Posted by patricky View Post
    Thanks for responses guys.
    Should I start squatting again or not?
    Cheers.
    I wouldn't. Just my opinion because I came back too quick one time from a hammy pull and reinjured. I'd take some time off, stretch, jog, doing some other things for a few weeks. Ad put down the playstation for awhile, too.
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    Cat and Dog stretch
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    Your back is out of alignment, there are plenty of physical therapy exercises you can do to re-align it.

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    Your back is out of alignment, there are plenty of physical therapy exercises you can do to re-align it.
    I disagree... in this persons case, it sounds like they have a compression of the lower lumbar vertebrae, and that is going to require some manual manipulation to release.

    You would know if you had a herniated disk. I would save your money and see a chiro like you said. In the meantime, stretch often and thoroughly. Do NOT sit in a chair that does not have lumbar support or allow your spine to "hunch" even slightly. Warm up your low back thoroughly before doing squats or deadlifts, and do all your pressing standing rather than seated. Continue to do your abs, but don't use the sit-up board, just do them the old school way (on the floor without any added resistance). The situp board can cause your hips to get jammed leading to a further compression in the low back. Make sure you get up a walk around for at least 5 minutes after any long period of sitting. Stretch out your hips and glutes more than anything else.

    This is how I've dealt with my back pain in the past.

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    Quote Originally Posted by MadChef View Post
    I disagree... in this persons case, it sounds like they have a compression of the lower lumbar vertebrae, and that is going to require some manual manipulation to release.

    You would know if you had a herniated disk. I would save your money and see a chiro like you said. In the meantime, stretch often and thoroughly. Do NOT sit in a chair that does not have lumbar support or allow your spine to "hunch" even slightly. Warm up your low back thoroughly before doing squats or deadlifts, and do all your pressing standing rather than seated. Continue to do your abs, but don't use the sit-up board, just do them the old school way (on the floor without any added resistance). The situp board can cause your hips to get jammed leading to a further compression in the low back. Make sure you get up a walk around for at least 5 minutes after any long period of sitting. Stretch out your hips and glutes more than anything else.

    This is how I've dealt with my back pain in the past.

    Wouldn't a free option of at least attempting the exercises I mentioned be adviseable? I understand the need for professionals, but it's just a matter of slight misalignment which can be resolved on y our own, why not at least try it?

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    sounds like youve overflewed the spine and the erector muscles for too long. keep making sure your posture is correct and do some light stuff for a while, like body weight squats, lunges, and plenty of core work etc.

    but most importantly keep an eye on posture, especially while sitting.

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