Hey, thanks for replying. Unfortunately I can't front squat either. I've tried deadlifting from higher off the ground but it still produces pain.
I've seen a few highly respected doctors. The first was a sports medicine one that was a doctor for the usa olympic team one year. His response was squats are bad for your knees. He wouldn't indulge me at all on the subject. I also saw an orthopedic surgeon that is the primary doctor for a pro nfl team. In his office I had 4 residents baffled while rotating my legs, trying to figure out what was with my hip rotation. I felt like a medical anomaly. He prescribed physical therapy that mostly consisted of stretching. For two months straight I stretched my quads, hams, calves, ankles and hip flexors for 3 minutes a day each. I didn't get anywhere. A therapist hypothesized that I could have abnormal hip sockets that limit my range of motion.
I've seen two personal trainers but I wasn't convinced in their knowledge of strength training at all. One actually had me box squatting, but it was really painful for me. Sitting felt like some of my back muscles were ceasing to tense and brought on a lot of back pain. Didn't get too far with this. As for the other one, I wanted him to critique my squat form but all he wanted to do was show me some unorthodox ab exercises he shows to all his clients. Waste of my time. I would like to see a good strength coach but am unsure where to find one.
I haven't yoked in a few weeks now. I was doing more of an endurance/hypertrophic weight for a while and as soon as I upped it to strength my back started really hurting.
To be honest I'm afraid to try squatting again. Every single time I try something bad happens. Last was a bit over a year ago, I did a wider stance with plates under my heels and only with the bar. I had pain in my inner quad close to my knees and every rep I would hear this clicking noise in my legs. I stupidly did a whole workout through the pain and even now I still have pain in my left quad.
I attached an x-ray of my hips. I've always felt like I have wide iliac crests and narrow hips. Maybe that plays a role in my lack of range of motion. You can also see here the misfigured vertebrae I was talking about. Apparently it's somewhat common but I do think it's presenting a problem in my training. I'm seeing a sports medicine doctor in a few weeks to hopefully get some insight on my issues.
Lately I've been feeling that maybe my bones just can't handle heavy lifting. T_T
Anyways thanks again.