We’ve written before about how lifting heavy objects can lead to a herniated disc, and if you’re wanting to get back in the gym following a spinal injury, it’s important to be smart about your workouts. Back injuries can greatly slow down your weightlifting progress, but if you try to lift too much too soon, you could do greater damage to your spine. At the Colorado Spine Institute in Loveland, we can help you manage your back pain caused by a herniated disc and develop a plan for returning to regular exercise and lifting.
What Caused the Slipped Disc?
It’s possible that your disc was “slipping” for some time before you felt the pain that’s often associated with herniation. The repetitive movement of lifting, along with the stress added by the weights, can lead to problems in the spine, especially the lumbar (lower) region. This is why it’s important to use proper technique and wear proper support equipment when lifting so you can reduce the risk of trauma to your spine. Improper movement can exacerbate the damage to the disc, and could result in severe to debilitating pain. If and when this happens, it’s important to have a certified medical specialist examine your spine and pinpoint the source of your pain. A routine examination might be enough to find the herniation, but if it’s not, an MRI or discogram might be necessary.
Getting Back to Your Workouts
Taking time to recover from a herniated disc can be challenging, especially if you led an active life before your injury. The first step before getting back to your workouts is to make sure you have your pain under control. We can help you with some simple exercises to restore mobility and flexibility, and to gauge what your pain level is during certain movements. It can be tempting to try to push yourself and speed up your recovery, but if your doctor has advised you to take it slow and work towards your goals in small, steady steps, it can be best for your overall health to follow their advice. Before you’re ready to lift those heavy weights again, you’ll want to be sure your spine can withstand lighter weight and small amounts of stress.
With the proper approach and a bit of patience, it is possible to return to the amount of weight you were lifting before your injury. By working with a spine specialist, and perhaps a personal trainer, you can create a workout regimen that fits your needs. Before you know it, you’ll be lifting, pivoting, and moving with ease, and you won’t even be thinking about the pain you experienced. It may still be necessary to set limits on the number of reps or the amount of weight you lift, but you won’t have to worry about being slowed down by lower back pain. It will also be beneficial to schedule follow-up appointments with your spine doctor to make sure nothing has changed and that your injury is still improving.
Contact us today to schedule your first appointment.
Colorado Spine Institute
4795 Larimer Parkway
Johnstown, CO 80534
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