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1610 Views 2 Replies Latest reply: Oct 24, 2009 7:08 PM by daddyof3
daddyof3 Rookie 7 posts since
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Oct 7, 2009 9:28 AM

Are there anyone back running from a herniated disc?

It's been 9 months and I'm going insane!! I have a tear at the L4/L5 with compression on the S1 nerve. I've regained 90 percent of my strength but still have a tired back.

I was training for a 30k, weight training, and performing martial arts. At 40 perhaps I should have known better...I'll be happy if I could just get back on the road,

The PT wants me to take is slow for a bit longer probably start back with the C2-5K again.

Looking for others for encouragement.



  • PhysioAdvisor Expert 36 posts since
    Aug 27, 2009

    Hi Daddy of 3,


    Certainly can be difficult returning to running after a herniated disc. Generally, you need to wait until the disc has healed sufficiently to withstand the compressive forces associated with running. In the mean time, swimming (or walking) can often be good forms of exercise which place less stress on the disc (although this should be discussed with your physiotherapist).


    A gradual return to running program is essential at the appropriate stage of your recovery and should be guided by your treating physiotherapist.


    Thought you might be interested in checking out the following links on return to running and herniated discs (bulging discs):


    Return to running


    Herniated lumbar disc


    Hope that helps and good luck,



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