Have you ever seen a chiro? I would be interested to hear what they say about your condition.
To be quite honest (and you might not want to hear this), I would focus on getting healthy first and foremost, not on working your legs. Think about this: You are only 21 years old and you have these issues, what’s your body going to be like when you are 30, 40 or 50? I’m more interested in your long-term well being than massive legs.
I’m actually going to meet a chiro here in town on Thursday, if I like him, I’ll let you know and maybe you can get with him as well. In the meantime, I would really work on getting loosened up; check out my “Hardcore Stretching” and EC and I’s “Feel Better for 10 Bucks” articles to get yourself started.
I am a 21 year old male who is 6’5" and I have some serious back problems and I was wondering if you could give me any better ideas than the ones I have come up with myself on how to exercise my legs. I have major disc degeneration on three levels of my lumbar discs(not too uncommon these days it seems), I have a lumbarized S1, and I have problems with my sacroiliac joints and mild problems with my facet joints. I also fractured my L4 four years ago during football.
At this point I cant squat anything more than about 85 pounds because of the load putting too much stress on my lower back causing severe pain, and I cant deadlift because the extension of the spine is painful as well. I have been sticking mostly to some very light dumbbell squats, very light high rep, or 1 1/2 half rep squats, and some single leg movements. As for my posterior chain I am pretty limited in that area as well, just being able to do some bodyweight movements i.e floor bridges etc…
I have been told by pain specialists, back specialists, and neurosurgeons down in Indianapolis to just stay in good physical condition, keep my weight in check, focus on ab training, and try to deal with the pain as best as I can. I was hoping you could give me a better idea of how I could work out my legs with my injured back and possibly give me any rehab pointers or any ways to increase the health of my back. Thanks alot Mike, your answer is greatly appreciated.
Your fellow Hoosier,