I have had two severe episodes of lumbar disc prolapse - 11 and 18 years ago. There is probably very little disc material left in at least 2 of my lumbar discs. I am 54 years old and have been training seriously with weights for over 3 years. What precautions would you recommend for my practice of the deadlift; i.e. Should I be doing it at all? Is there an upper limit to the weight I should use? Are there any variations to the technique that would make it safer to practice?
I have been doing core work regularly. I have recently added Romanian deadlifts to my program, using fairly low weigh with gradual increments and strict attention to form. This seems to be making my back feel better/stronger. I am curious about trying the ‘real thing’, but also concerned about causing injury to my already compromised back.