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Question (09/17/2012):

Title: Internal Disc Disruption after a weight lifting exercise.

I am 26 years old and very active.

I would do some form of exercise at least 4-6 times a week whether it was weight lifting, running, boxing, hiking and so on.

In December last year I felt something in my back go when I was going a weight lifting exercise in the gym.

At the time the pain wasn't bad and took a week off and resumed working out.

After a few weeks the pain came back and I took two weeks of and then I was able to work out for about 4 months with little pain until the pain got so bad that I couldn't continue.

I took two months off and started doing some very light stretching and some work with TRX cables but my back started to hurt even after that light workout.

I am worried that the 4 months I kept working out has worsened the condition and possibly caused it not to be able to heal by itself.

I am going for an MRI this week but was wondering if anyone could offer advice from experience.

I am really hoping that just rest will heal it.

Thank you!



Dear Jarryd,

Thank you very much for your question.

It has been demonstrated that Internal Disc Disruption may be the causative factor in about three-quarters of severely acute nonspecific low back pain patients.

The first step in the Internal Disc Disruption process is for the disc to first degenerate (lose water content and become brittle) and then (usually because of trauma to the back or neck) tear open from the inside out.

Internal Disc Disruption can both 'cause' disc degeneration and result from its presents.

Internal Disc Disruption is a very, very tough condition to treat, especially since the diagnosis is fairly controversial to begin with and many primary doctors have never even heard of it.

Around 90% of all Internal Disc Disruption sufferers will obtain satisfactory relief from their pains by just hanging in there and using conservative measures.

However, it's very easy for the patient to become frustrated by the fact that Internal Disc Disruption often takes many months (18 month on average) to heal.

Conservative treatment options include the following: Medication, Gentle Traction treatments (via RPT or Chiropractor), VAX-D, and non-dynamic spinal stabilization training/exercise and swimming / walking.

The worst thing to do is just sit around and do nothing.

Try and stay as active as possible without flaring yourself up.

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