Lower Back Pain: Is Weightlifting the Culprit?

back and neck painIf you’ve ever dealt with lower back pain, you know this has a way of lingering for weeks (or months) on end. In the event of a more serious injury, you may need to consult with a doctor to determine exactly what’s going on.

For some people, lower back pain is a direct result of weightlifting. Even if you’ve been doing this for years, there’s always a chance that the activity could hurt your back and cause you extreme pain.

If you’re concerned about this, here are a few tips to keep in mind:

·      Opt for lighter weights with more repetitions (and put away those heavy weights)

·      Use exercise machines as opposed to free weights

·      Make sure you have a spotter when using free weights, as this person can help you avoid excessive strain

·      Wear a weightlifting belt

·      Don’t push through back pain, as this can lead to serious damage

If you suffer a lower back injury as the result of weightlifting it’s important to seek immediate medical attention. You may assume that you’ll heal over time, but depending on the cause of the injury this isn’t always the case.

Don’t hesitate to contact us to setup an appointment. From there, we can discuss your injury, examine your back, and help you decide what to do next.