Here is where I’m at and need to answer. I know that for the most part is has to come from me but with the huge amount of people here I know someone has answered this for themselves already. I love to lift and the goals of getting stronger and looking better are and have always been very motivating for me.
About 4 years ago I had excruciating pain in my back. My dr noticed my hip was cocked and higher on one side so he sent me to an othopedic surgeon. This guys was a total piece of shit. He told me it was normal wear and tear and to grin and bear it even though 6 weeks ago I was in the best shape and now it hurt to sit or stand.
So eventually I ended up at a CSCS certified chiro who took x-rays from the tailbone to the neck that showed I had mild scoliosis, less than 15 degrees. He moved my hip back into alignment and of course worked my back. The hip holds pretty well. He explained that the curve puts stress on the discs because it presses up against them.
I’ve been able to train this way with minor discomfort since than. Lately I made an appt with a non-surgical orthopaedic dr who took xrays and confirmed that my curve was under 15 degrees so the chiro was right. I than asked if lifting would cause the curve to worsen and he said no. Than he told me that I shouldn’t squat more than 100lbs and to just increase the reps because the spine wasn’t designed for this loading and eventually you’ll have disc problems.
Now I’m able to train full body 3x week pretty intensely if I get ART or deep tissue once a month and maybe chiro every other month. Now that I’m coming up to 31 I’m wondering if there’s any truth to what he said or if they are conservative by nature. I have a 6 week old lil girl and a very sexy gf so I’d like to be a strong and fully mobile to enjoy both of them.
Honestly I’d like to keep trying to get stronger so maybe I don’t want to hear it. Does our spine stiffen as we age to the point where after 30-35 we are just asking for it or not? I know a lot of guys on this site have disc problems and I’d be curious at what age it happened and if they were back squatting and dl’ing regular at that time? I do believe I have perfect form for all my lifts. Looking for feedback?