You Darn Quadratus Lumborum

Plan of action as of therapy:

Dead lifts = absolute no go. They said that was not a good idea because I have a tight quadratus lumborum muscle in my back. Which is what I have been battling my whole therapy, as well as strengthening in the simplest ways possible to not injure anything more.

This muscle since it is so tight, is also pulling up on my hip which could have been the cause of my sore hips/IT bands as well as my back pain.

I’m also not running very much at all because every time I do a run I feel like I’ve made 3 steps backward in my therapy. So I’m taking it really easy and just doing all of my exercises. I’m actually seeing a difference as my hips aren’t as tight and sore and my lower back hasn’t been very sore either.

Right now I’m just experiencing tightness and soreness in my mid/upper back from the deadlifts. But it’s getting better thankfully.

Also, I hop on the treadmill for a mile at therapy and I work on my form. After coach helped me with my running form, I showed them on the treadmill and both PT’s said it looked a lot better! But I get tight in my upper half, especially the way I hold my head and neck as well as my arms. I tighten those areas up and it makes my back curve more inward. So I practice that and they tell me when I start to tighten up so I can be more aware of it happening.

I’m hoping that when the team is ready to start their summer training, that I’ll be ready as well! But if it takes me a little longer then I will do whatever I have to do to stay healthy and come back strong.

I am excited to be seeing progress though and hope it lasts once I start back training again. I have a follow up doctor’s appointment May 25 and he will re-evaluate me.

As for school, this week is pretty much my last week, so I might be a bit busy. I’m still on track for the 4.0 so fingers crossed! 😀

Be on the lookout for some more reviews and possibly giveaways within the next couple of weeks!



  1. Sharon | 30th Apr 12

    Glad to hear you are starting to feel better. And one more week until school is over – you have to be excited to finish up. Stay the course, give it your all, and finish hard.

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