Originally Posted by knobbymojo
MX 599: In response to your question, yes it is lower back pain, left side of my back above the hip joint. I have noticed a lot of tighteness in my hams, quads and lower back lately also. Should I just do some good stretching to see if that helps?
i definitely agree with the other posters about muscular imbalances as well. don't quote me, but i believe the ratio for muscle strength in the quadriceps and hamstring groups is 3Q:2H. you could look up some protocols for testing this. it can be as easy as using leg flexion and extension machines. there are available formulas for plugging in the weight and reps you do and then you can see if you are near the correct ratio.
whether an imbalance presents itself or not, you should aim to improve the flexibility of these lower limb muscles. without question, many people have lower back pain due to shortened musculotendinous units. this can alter the whole pelvic region and your gait mechanics without you even knowing.
please learn how and when to stretch correctly. good luck!
let us know if you need any more help with these things mentioned above. there are many knowledgeable people on this site.
Last edited by mx_599; 02-17-06 at 08:34 AM.