Hey guys. Just wanted to keep you informed on my previous injury. I went to the orthopedist this afternoon and got some follow up x-rays. The stress fracture in my L4-L5 vertebrae is healed and I have been cleared to participate in physical activity again. However, I am taking the conservative approach and waiting until I complete physical therapy (another 2-4 weeks) to return to lifting full time. I plan to start out slow and then be able to start working back to where I was last spring by new year's. Being 16, I healed much faster than most people, partially because of all the milk I drink :). On the contrary, my doctor told me that I can no longer squat or military press. I say, "bullshit." I plan on competing soon and you need to squat in order to be considered a powerlifter. I'm not sure when a good time to return to squatting is so that is one of the reasons I come to T-Nation today. I was hoping that someone could give me some insight on when to return to squatting and what rehab and assistance exercises will help me squat safely and without risk of re-injury (which I am sure that there will always be a risk). Thanks.