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Deadlift Woes


#1

Hi,

Last night I suffered a injury whilst deadlifting, I would like some advice on what to do next as I havent been lifting that long so it is my first worrying injury.

I had warmed up quite thoroughly, it was pretty hot in the gym too. I made a point to warm up because for last five weeks I had changed the routine so and had been working with less weight more reps to get some hypertrophy.

I also did some warm up sets with 60kg x 10reps, 100kgx3, 120kgx3, 130kgx3 the plan was to make my way up to 140kg where I'd maybe do 4 sets of 5 depending how I felt or to 150kg. It came about just as I started moving the bar on my first rep on the 140kg, I'm not even sure the weights lifted off the ground. At the time it felt like I had just ripped my upper body off my hips.

A more experienced lifter at the gym told me to forget the rest of the workout and go home, spray some freeze spray on it for now and hope it isn't a slipped disc. I followed that advice and right now I pretty sure there is discs are fine and there is no hernia because the pain is bearable. What are the other common injuries from deadlifting? Is this probably a muscle tear?


#2

See a sports doc or a physio ASAP. It isn’t something you want to screw around with. Unless this is a common occurrence and you are absolutely, positively 100% sure you haven’t done anything bad, get it checked out.


#3

[quote]smokotime wrote:
See a sports doc or a physio ASAP. It isn’t something you want to screw around with. Unless this is a common occurrence and you are absolutely, positively 100% sure you haven’t done anything bad, get it checked out.[/quote]

^This.

We all like to talk about being “hardcore” or working through pain, but don’t mess around when it comes to back injuries. It could impact your lifting for a long time if you just ignore it.


#4

Yea, its going to be pretty hard for anyone to tell you what they think may have happened without having been there to see it, or seeing a video of it. Even then, we would only be giving you possibilities.

Personally, I’d stay out of the gym a few days and avoid anything that may aggrivate your lower back.

If it feels fine in a few days, I personally- not saying you do this, but I personally would just go with it.

Seeing a doc and getting some x-rays and whatnot wouldn’t be the worst idea if the problem persists past a few days.


#5

Watch it, if it continues or gets worse see a doctor.

Avoid any heavy spinal loading in the short term.


#6

Doc, physio etc…

If ya felt a small pop, and the pain’s worse on one side, it’s probably your SI joint. Nearly everyone I know who deadlifts decent weight, including myself, has injured it at some point on another. It’s not a big deal once you get the reasons it happened sorted.


#7

[quote]Hanley wrote:
Doc, physio etc…

If ya felt a small pop, and the pain’s worse on one side, it’s probably your SI joint. Nearly everyone I know who deadlifts decent weight, including myself, has injured it at some point on another. It’s not a big deal once you get the reasons it happened sorted.[/quote]

It seems like this is a most likely explanation from what I know and from how I remember it. I’m going to see a bloke I was recommended at the gym, hopefully he can come up with a plan to sort it. I do think I have a habit of jerking up on the lift before moving up so end up bouncing off the first rep so need to cut that out. Thanks for all the replies.