How to Return to Training After a Low Back Injury

How to Return to Training After a Low Back Injury?

Injuries are inevitable. If you have been doing something wrong, then there will be some sort of accident or mishap.

But what if your activity was causing damage to your body? What if it wasn’t helping you at all? What if it could cause harm? That’s where the question arises: “What do I need to do?”

If you want to return to training after a low back injury, then you must first understand what exactly is going on inside your body. You may not even realize that your back hurts when you walk around. Or maybe you think it doesn’t hurt anymore because you’ve been running for so long without any problems. Maybe it feels fine now but if you try hard enough, your muscles will eventually get tired and soreness will result from the strain.

The problem is, if you don’t take care of your body properly, then it won’t get better. So before you start exercising again, make sure to check out the following questions and answers:


Is my back pain due to overtraining?


Do I need to rest?


Are there any other possible causes of my back pain?


Should I stop working out altogether?

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