Ongoing niggling back pain, symptom of worn facet joint, disc bulge, or something else?
by Chris Brown
(Alice Springs Australia)
Hi Sarah (from Chris Brown, Alice Springs, Northern Territory, Australia)
Im 45 years old have had an ongoing niggling back problem for th last 5-6 years,have seen a few specialists about the issue, and have been told its most likelyt facet joint wear and tear. I had a MRI was taken a few years back and it indicated a slight disc bulge L5 region (see attached report).
The aggravation is all on the left hand side, it would be nice to know precisley what the cause of irritation is either facet joint or disc bulge or combinaton of the two.
Anyway I have recently purchased your book back sufferers bible ( which providfdes me with an excellent understanding of how it the back works Fantastic) as well as back block and ma roller.
Im pretty sure back problem s related to my employment where I am required to undertake weed surveys in dry sandy riverbeds usig 4WD quadbikes in Central Australia, which I have been doing for the last 10 years, where constant vibaration has possibly worn facet joints, also lots of driving on rough dirt roads. It might also just my genetic disposition (father has a hunched back). My concern is if I ontinue with my current employment will it worsen the situation in the long term ( or is the damage already done) which Is what my GP seems to think.
I can go for months with put much of a problem and then the niggling (annoying) slight painds return , I try and swim at least 2-3 times a week, and also do a few Pilates stretches once/twice a day, I can no longer go jogging as this irritates situation.
Probabyl see chiro about 6-8 times a year in the hope that he unlocks the joint / muscles, this doenst always help.
I have also been told that emotional stress often exhibits itself as back pain (tightens muscles).
My biggest concern is that I do not want the situation to worsen over time if I can at all help it, (reduced qulity of life.....any suggestions thoughts would be greatly appreciated
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