A 21-year-old female asked:
I have awful muscle aches in my lumbar region, it has caused the rest of my back to compensate & start to hurt as well. should i see an orthopedic doctor before seeing a chiropractor? im 21 & lift heavy at my gym which i suppose started all of this?
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Dr. Laurence Badgleyanswered
General Practice 53 years experience
Ongoing back pain is best diagnosed by Orthopedic doctors; Chiropractors “do not diagnose.”Onset of back pain after weight lifting suggests the sufferer should ask a Sports Orthopedist to evaluate their back & advise what type and how much lifted weight is most appropriate for ongoing exercise. Pain is a warning sign. The human back is not bio-engineered for efficient “crane lifting” functions.
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Reviewed Dec 29, 2022
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