I am also facing the same problem. I showed to two sports medicine guys and both are of the opinion that this is due to Facet Joint Lock syndrome. He is giving me facet joint mobilisation sessions (one every week) which are a relief in itself. He has asked me to stop doing any forward bending movements for 4-6 weeks with a gap of 1 week after 3 weeks of training. Plus the usual Hamstrings stretches. I have finished two sessions and the pain has lowered by almost 40-50%. But he also told that it will take time to return to normal heavy training.
Hope this helps. Do let me know the diagnosis of your doc.
Thanks, I’ll read up on that syndrome, and probably switch around my forward bending movements.
I don’t know what kind of doctor I could get in Russia who’d be able to help me out. Sports medicine as well as medicine overall is very outdated here, and every doctor I come across just keeps telling me about how bad lifting is for you. So I’m pretty much on my own here :(.
Lower back mobility will hurt, not help, and should be avoided.
You are probably injuring disc(s) in your lower back when you deadlift, like say L5-S1.
I cannot emphasize enough that when you experience back pain related to lifting, you should STOP what is causing the injury, let/help it heal, figure out a different way to achieve your lifting/physique goals either through different technique or different exercise selection.
You mention “bending at the waist,” and that’s probably your problem right there. Don’t bend at the waist. In your deadlift, the movement should come from the hips; the lumbar spine should be stable. Go look at Eric Cressey’s article. Work on that technique if you are going to deadlift. Make sure your hip mobility and spinal stability are good. Video your deadlift and get feedback on it. [/quote]
Yep, sounds rational :). I’ll be trying good mornings and machines, then.
Just to clarify, I don’t bend at the waist; at least, that’s what I always thought! I’m going to improve my deadlift technique before DLing again, take a month break from deadlifts, and see where that takes me. Thanks a lot for the tips, I really don’t want to fuck up my back :(.
Is there any chance at all I’m just not built to deadlift this heavy, and should switch to more reps?