If it is painful to bend forward and you are having sharp pain, then you likely have an injured disc. Symptoms that indicate disc injury include: pain being worst in the morning, riding in a car is painful, standing. Icing your back, walking, and lying on your stomach tend to alleviate the pain in disc conditions.
What causes a disc injury?
Bending forward at the waist, especially with added weight, increases the pressure within an disc. Too much weight or repetitive bending and twisting at the waist can lead to weakening and injury of the ligaments that hold the fluid inside of a disc resulting in pain and catching of the lower back.
What are symptoms of a disc injury?
As pressure on the nerve roots increases, you may experience "sciatic-type" pain down the arm or leg. Sharp pain when bending forward at the waist along with muscular spasms in the lower back are present with an injured disc. Pain is often worst in the morning, when riding in a car and when sitting. Icing your back, walking, and lying on your stomach tend to alleviate the pain in disc conditions.
How do you treat a disc injury?
Active Release Techniques (ART) can be used to release restricted structures around the discs. ART helps restore normal multifidus (deep posterior extensor and stabilizer muscles of the spine) function. ART protocols in combination with the proper exercises are very effective at resolving imbalances between the abdominal muscles and extensors of the back.