I don’t intend to engage in a pissing contest - and i’m not implying you desire to either; however, i never said anything to imply you didn’t lose anything by removing some disc. I said to lose stability was a bit of a misnomer - shock absorbtion, of course you lost some. But to extrapolate a 70% loss of a single disc to a 70% total loss of shock absorbtion or any other benefit is plain wrong. And yes, the cervical region is different than the lumbar - i never implied anything else…but i refer you to a host of PL’s with similiar or worse back problems all competing. and i understand your particular slant - you’re going to a school where they are attempting to get you to take the “blue pill” and have you believe you can heal everything with spinal manipulation…correct ? is that why you are so incredulous that they removed 70% of the disc? i dated a chiro - not saying you fall into this category, but some of them have some downright goofy ass ideas about what they can accomplish thru chiropractic care…she was one of the goofy ones.
Let me put this to rest, guys. I had 100% of the disk material taken out of L4-L5, and have the “shell” still in place. That was 12 years ago. My max squat is 365 and max dead ~ 445. I can’t tell you what decompression has done to the affected area, but I can tell you it hasn’t compromised my lifts. And let me say: each time I went to a chiro, I immediately ended up in surgery. Spinal manipulation is not a good idea when talking about herniatations or ruptures. Not going to a chiro is the best thing I could ever do.