You have to be very careful, and lifts such as Deads are extremely hard to deal. I would wipe all of your PR’s clear and don’t let anything keep you down mentally to start. Last August, I ruptured a disc in my back and it took until december to start lifting LIGHT. I started with alot of back extensions and roman chair work to test it out, and have since adopted the 5/3/1.
I don’t see any reason why you can’t lift when given the clear. I would only suggest that you take your time and start light to build a solid foundation around your skeletal limitations. The screws/pins can only hold so much weight, I’ve seen titanium screws in you same surgury bent because of complete arrogance, and the DB is continuing to do the same.
Give yourself realistic one year(from surgery) goals. Work those numbers backwards with the 5/3/1 and check your starting numbers. Take the time off to learn perfect form, stay consistent and you’ll have nothing but spite for what most Dr’s say…most have no knowledge or training on the strength of will.[/quote]
Good advice on the psychological obstacles he is likely to face.
Here are a couple of phrases that may assist:
Don’t let the perfect be the enemy of the good.
The man who moved a mountain started with the smallest stones.
Also, when I was a child one of my Rabbis in elementary school taught me a lesson that originally came from Rabbi Akivah. I was about ten years old when I learned this lesson, at least in part. Imagine that you are at the base of an old dried up waterfall, with a massive boulder at its base. Now imagine that there is still a small drop of water falling from the top of the waterfall and impacting on the massive boulder. Now imagine that the small drop of water has been dripping for so long as to have eroded a hole deep into the boulder.
Clearly, the waterfall has been dripping this drop of water for a very long time. The question I was asked was, “Did the first drop of water do anything to the boulder?”. Being a young kid, I answered no, but the truth is of course the first drop of water had an impact on the stone, however imperceptible. Had the first drop had no impact of erosion on the boulder, then neither would the second drop, the millionth drop, or the billionth drop. The lesson? That all long processes start with small steps. J.Rex needs to remember this.