Today while practicing warm up drives in preparation for playing a round of disc golf, I screwed up my low back and then some. I will admit that last night I was watching a couple of videos of Garrett Gurthie throwing these huge bombs. In one video, he was giving some tips on throwing for distance. Whether I tried to incorporate those tips or not doesn't matter, what I do know is I tried to hard to throw far and now I'm suffering the consequences.
Lets forget the fact that I turned 46 years old last week and some would say it's an age thing. Maybe it is.
Here's what happened...
I throw RHBH. Threw about a dozen warm up drives then decided to really get into a throw. I know as I began my approach, I took a bigger first step than normal, got into my x-step and reached way back - and I do mean waaaay back...much more than I normally do - at the same time I'm thinking about rotating through my hips more, so it was as I began to pull my arm forward and twist the hips that I felt a sudden and very intense stabbing pain in my low back. The pain stopped me in my tracks (couldn't complete the approach and follow through...didn't even release the disc). It was all I could do to walk the 10 steps to my SUV and rest my upper torso on the hood for support. Stayed there for about 5 mins. or so and realized I had to go pick up all those discs I threw. Endured that effort with a lot of grunting and grimacing. The drive home was the most difficult drive I've ever done.
Anyway, as I reflect on what happened, I am in a quandary about whether or not I pulled a muscle or ruptured a disc. 20 years ago, I was involved in a motorcycle accident where I rupture a disc in my low back. For several years I had some serious low back pain. Eventually it just went away and I've been virtually back pain free for 10-12 years now. I don't remember what it felt like to rupture that disc because a broken leg and concussion seemed to be the priority at the time. I don't recall hearing a 'POP', but I certainly felt trauma there.
So again, there is a real concern I may have ruptured a disc vs. pulling a muscle, but maybe that's just paranoia. Oh, and if you might be wondering why I just didn't go to the ER or doctor, I'm self-employed and have not had health insurance for two years. Bummer, I know!
Any expert back patients out there, or medical professionals that might have a thought or two on what happened?
The pain is centrally located along my spine, lower part of my back, and throbbing/pulsing constantly, slightly burning pain too. Since the injury occurred, I have had minor back spasms, but nothing that has incapacitated me. I've pulled muscles in the back before, but on those occasions the pain was localized to the right or left side of my low back. This pain is definitely in the center. I do not feel any bulging there and as I press along my spine there is tenderness but not an acute/sharp pain. However, it is very difficult to take a deep breath, and Lord knows what I'm going to do if I need to sneeze or cough.
My immediate regimen has been to take a prescription dose of Ibuprofen (800 mg), ice for 20 minutes then ran a hot shower on the area for 20 minutes. Feels better, but still unsure of the degree of injury.