Q. Can a person with bulging annulus at L3, L4, and L5 regions and left lower back pain work out in the gym?

Answered by
Mohammed Wajid
and medically reviewed by iCliniq medical review team.
This is a premium question & answer published on Dec 13, 2022

Hello doctor,

Can I work out in the gym with left low back pain? The scan report shows a bulging annulus at L3, L4, and L5 regions. Is it serious, or can I work out in the gym?



Welcome to

I read your query and can understand your concern.

  1. As reports (attachments removed to protect the patient's identity) show disk bulge, it is not good nor adviced to lift weights which causes more severe nerve damage. Instead, take proper treatment for disk bulges at a nearby physiotherapy clinic. Then, the issue can be resolved, and the pain gets relieved.
  2. After a week of physiotherapy sessions, ask for lower back strengthening exercises, do that exercises for a month, then you can start gym with reduced or light weights.
  3. Apply a hot pack twice daily to keep muscles relaxed and maintain proper posture.

I hope this helps.

Thank you and take care.

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