A little over a year ago I destroyed my low back sumo deadlifting. It was my last set with 415 on the bar, got it about 2 inches off the ground and heard an audible pop at the base of my spine. It was the worse pain I have ever experienced. I was out for the count with severe back pain and instant sciatica through my hip/buttocks region all the way down my left leg to the foot.
Anyway I got an x-ray 3 months later and I have a spondylolysis at L5-S1, I know thats where the disc popped also. Just got an MRI last week so I am still waiting for the report. Just from looking at the MRI scan I can see the L5-S1 disc is much darker than the rest (google says that means degenerated/dehydrated). The pain I am dealing with is just a constant deep ache when standing/working for longer than 15 min. Sitting is annoying too but much more tolerable.
I still workout regularly I just don’t dead/squat anymore. I am thinking about easing back into them or variations. I just deadlifted 225 for 5x5 regular stance yesterday and felt a lot of pressure on the disc in that area, did not feel good.
Six months after the injury I started doing Stuart Mcgill's big 3 and noticed a decrease in pain and slight increase in work capacity. I seen a physical therapist last month for the 1st time and it was a joke. How can you help someone with back pain if you do not assess the way they move, sit, stand look at posture/muscle imbalances. Just bought a reverse hyper to help strengthen my posterior chain even more.
Has anyone else had these symptoms and found relief or am I a lifer now? I know there are a bunch of people that have come back from these injures stronger (Louie Simmons, Brian Carroll just to name a few). It hurts my back even thinking about having 405 in my hands again. I feel like driving to Mike Robertsons place for help. I just want to be where I was before this injury, I am 24 and used to work 50-60 hour weeks regularly with my job (install flooring) now i struggle with just a regular 40 hour week. I know there are people that are way worse than me in regards to my injury so any info/responses are greatly appreciated.