Hello fellow T-Nation members,
I don't post here often, but when I do, it's usually because I know I'll get educated opinions.
A little background: I've been lifting seriously for about 3 years, I'm currently 21 very healthy, I have a good diet and supplement myself very well (multi, zinc, fish oil, vit D). I'm currently 6'0 205lbs sitting at around 12% BF.
I've never had any serious injuries, had a wrist injury from curls when I was around 16-17 but it healed up and never reflared, hurt my shoulder from dips (too much ROM), but it was back 100% after a week and never had any more issues and something similar with a knee, back to 100% within a week.
All in all, every ''injury'' I had wasn't serious/healed quickly. I've been deadlifting for about 2 years and I know the right form, etc. I had one lower back incident about a year ago, my ego got in the way and I hadn't eaten enough / slept enough. It healed in about 2 weeks, but I took a month off and I was back 100%. Obviously, because I made the same mistake in May.
I was doing a set of 3 with 415 (my 1RM is 450, so that's fairly heavy for me) and on the third rep, my lockout was sloppy and I heard my back ''crack'' when I locked out, kinda as if a disk slipped, but I'm not fully sure. I was very worried, but there was no pain (still isn't), it just felt ''tight''.
Now I'd say that in about 2 months it seemed tobe back to 100%, I did a lot of foam rolling, stopped deadlifting completely, stretched my spine, etc. Then I started working a job where I have to bent over and frisk people like 1500 times 3x a week. It flared back.
There's times where it's 60%, others where it's 90%, but never quite 100%. Usually it's bad during/after work and after waking up (might be my sleep posture), but on an off day I feel okay, around 90% and I think it would go back to 100% if I stopped working that position. I'm going to see an oestheopath this week and see what happens.
Should I basicly quit in order to prevent this? (This is a great job, I get along with the staff, has a lot of perks, etc.) Or will it just keep aggravating my injury? I honestly can't squat or even think about deadlifting because my joints (knees + back) are always sore.
I've never had an injury for that long, it always places itself eventually, could there be long term damage?
Anyone who went through something similar, I'd love to hear some feedback.
Sorry for that long post, I just wanted to be as specific as possible.