Hello, I have just realised that I am experiencing back pains near the spine. It is okay when I don\'t move but when I do, it hurts a lot till the point that I want to cry. The pain starts from the middle of my left sie of my back near the spine. I have not seen a doctor yet and reading more, it could just be acute back pain but are these normal?? Or have the disc moved out? It could be due to my dancing but any medical advice on how to lessen the back pain would be greatly appreciated cos I have school tomorrow! Thanks!
It is okay when I don\'t move but when I do, it hurts a lot till the point that I want to cry.
Because you have pain only when you are moving, I would say your muscles are involved. More specifically, you have a muscle imbalance.
it could just be acute back pain but are these normal?? Or have the disc moved out?
Pain like this is never normal. It's your body's way of telling you something is wrong. Yes, you could have a disc going out of place.
It could be due to my dancing
Could be. Other than ballet, most teachers choreograph to their strong side and it's easy to get a muscle imbalance. It's not a matter of flexibility, but the IMBALANCE in flexibility / strength of your left and right sides. Here are three of the most likely:
1) Psoas muscle, your primary hip flexor. This muscle attaches to the front of the 5 lumbar vertebrae.
- When you do strict front splits, with your hips squared off, not opening to the side, are you the same left as right?
2) Quadratus lumborum. This muscle attaches directly to the SIDES of the lumbar spine.
- Can you bend the same amount to the left as the right?
- A more strict test is to first shift to one side, THEN do the side bend. You may find you can shift your spine more easily to one side than the other.
- It is best to do this against the wall so you can't cheat and twist as well as side-bend.
3) Deep rotators of the hip.
- Do you have equal turnout with both legs or does one leg turn out more than the other?