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A 36-year-old female asked:

Did deadlifts 2 months ago & had severe back pain 2 wk. now mild chronic pain. get sharp pain from spine across back if do deadlift, no leg pain. other weight exercise ok.can pulled muscle take +8 weeks to heal?

3 doctor answers5 doctors weighed in
Dr. Brett Spain
Sports Medicine 18 years experience
Possible: It's is possible if you are continuing to aggravate it with other exercises that you may be doing. However, discussing with a musculoskeletal physician is still important after two months of pain.
Dr. Adam Lewis
Neurosurgery 36 years experience
Back injury: Back injuries can take weeks and possibly months to heal. Chronic pain indicate more than a pulled muscle. It is important to visit a neurosurgeon or a spine surgeon to be examined and obtain imaging studies to better define the extent of the injury.
Dr. Qamar Khan
Pain Management 18 years experience
Avoid Deadlift: Usually exercises where you are flexed and having to lift heavy weights will make a disc herniations worse. Avoid bending at the waist with weights in hand and avoid twisting motions as well. Yes it can take up to 8 weeks for muscles to heal and can take up to 6months or longer for disc herniations to heal. Be careful.
Last updated Sep 28, 2016

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