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Author Topic: Bulging disc and basketball?  (Read 13492 times)

Skink

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Bulging disc and basketball?
« on: February 25, 2009, 03:18:08 AM »
Hi there,

I've just got results from a CT scan after having some numbness in my left leg. The results of the scan are:
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At the L3/4 level, there is evidence of a generalised disc bulge with a central midline disc protrusion. There is resultant distortion of the anterior theca. Disc material is seen encroaching onto the L3 nerve root canals bilaterally but no impingement/irritation of the existing L3 nerve roots is suspected.

At the L4/5 level, there is evidence of a mild generalised disc bulge. Slight flattening of the anterior theca is noted. No neural compression evident elsewhere at this level. The L4 nerve roots are noted to exit normally.

At the L5/S1 level there is evidence of a mild annular disc bulge. No neural compression however is seen. The L5 and S1 nerve roots are noted to exit normally.

No paravertebral abnormality detected. On review of the bones windows, minor degenerative changes are noted.

I am 35, am 6'4" and 124 kg. I know I'm overweight and this has been a trigger for me to try some drastic things to shed the weight.

I play and referee basketball and have been told by my GP that I should give it up otherwise I risk rupturing the disc with the worse case scenario of paraplegia.

My plan is to lose the weight and strengthen my back muscles. Is there anything else I can do to get back to playing and refereeing basketball?

Daniel

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Re: Bulging disc and basketball?
« Reply #1 on: February 25, 2009, 05:47:16 AM »
Hi Skink.
It looks like you have a lot of pressure built up around that lower back and in and unbalanced way. The trouble with just exercising to strengthen your back muscles and losing weight, that won't improve the cause of the problem. In fact to will just increase the pressure and could lead to you making it worse.

Most people try the approach you are talking about but the fact there are so many chronic back pain sufferers out there shows it obviously doesn't work for most.

My philosophy is you need to get the muscles balanced again before you strengthen them other wise even if the strengthening does work you will just be burying the problem so it will come back at some future time.

If you can combine that aspect you are likely to have more success.

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Steve

Skink

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Re: Bulging disc and basketball?
« Reply #2 on: February 25, 2009, 11:27:46 PM »
Thanks for the reply Steve.

Tonight's the night I used to play basketball. I guess I've been like a lot of people, wanting to lose weight but not wanting to do the hard yards in getting it off. The back injury and having a 6 month old daughter is giving me the drive I need to do this.

Another drive, is to play basketball again. I do realise that each case is different, but is there something that I can do to strengthen my back and balance my back (I am yet to read through your book to fully understand the 'balance' issue but I think I get the general idea) so that I can play and referee basketball again?

Daniel

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Re: Bulging disc and basketball?
« Reply #3 on: February 26, 2009, 06:06:42 AM »
Hi Daniel, you can use my self treatment program for that self rehab but you will probably find adding some good deep tissue massage will help it along no end.

The muscle imbalance concept is simple. When ever you sit or stand your muscles are holding you upright against the weight of gravity. That effort make the muscle switch on and pull on the joint they support. If you have problem muscles on one side of the body and not the other that pulling causes the skeleton to bend and twist and that leads to inflammation, pain and disc bulges etc.

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Steve

 

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