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Will I Ever Squat or DL Again?

About 1 year ago I completed the max strength program by cressey. I saw the greatest performance gains I’ve seen in my training even better than when I was 18 years old in high school doing bigger faster stronger.

What I didn’t know is that I had developed a bad case of lordosis and anterior pelvic tilt with a bad case of muscle imbalance between my left and right posterior chain.

After max strength I took my training into my own hands. I did some stuff that wasn’t the greatest idea in the world, but I don’t think it was anything that’d kill a person that didn’t have posture problems.

I did something to my back at l5-s1. I don’t know what. Probably a bulging disk. I wouldn’t go so far as to say I herniated it because I wasn’t in excruciating pain, but I was in enough pain that I couldn’t bend over at the waist to tie my shoes. After a about a week of prescription NSAIDs I’d be fine again.

If I correct my lordosis and anterior pelvic tilt along with improving the muscle imbalance between my left and right posterior chain will I be able to back squat and deadlift again?

There must be people out there that have been through something similar to this. Powerlifters crush vertebrae and stuff and still lift don’t they? I should be able to come back from a bulging disk and back squat again right? Or is that just wishful thinking?

[quote]darkhorse1-1 wrote:
About 1 year ago I completed the max strength program by cressey. I saw the greatest performance gains I’ve seen in my training even better than when I was 18 years old in high school doing bigger faster stronger.

What I didn’t know is that I had developed a bad case of lordosis and anterior pelvic tilt with a bad case of muscle imbalance between my left and right posterior chain.

After max strength I took my training into my own hands. I did some stuff that wasn’t the greatest idea in the world, but I don’t think it was anything that’d kill a person that didn’t have posture problems.

I did something to my back at l5-s1. I don’t know what. Probably a bulging disk. I wouldn’t go so far as to say I herniated it because I wasn’t in excruciating pain, but I was in enough pain that I couldn’t bend over at the waist to tie my shoes. After a about a week of prescription NSAIDs I’d be fine again.

If I correct my lordosis and anterior pelvic tilt along with improving the muscle imbalance between my left and right posterior chain will I be able to back squat and deadlift again?

There must be people out there that have been through something similar to this. Powerlifters crush vertebrae and stuff and still lift don’t they? I should be able to come back from a bulging disk and back squat again right? Or is that just wishful thinking?[/quote]

I know you think you’re 10 foot tall and bullet proof as a young man. I was that way and hell I am still do to a degree.

See a doctor, your back is nothing to fuck with. Food for though, would it really kill you not to squat or deadlift? You can still be big and strong via other lifts.

I don’t know man. Since I stopped back squatting and deadlifting I’ve lost 8 inches off my standing broad jump. So I basically suck at life now.

You’re right though. A spine is nothing to fuck with.

you having the sciatic pain?

darkhorse1-1, I injured my Back in the same area, but doing Seated Shoulder Presses (Barbell), twisted a little and Bob’s your Uncle… Pain.

Captnoblivious is totally on the same page in that your back is nothing to fuck with. See your Doctor, and ask to see an actual Back Specialist, or you’ll spend eight years of CT’s, and X-rays, physio, and Chiropractors, getting no results. You might even develop other problems. (like I did ie substance abuse re Alcohol - without even realizing it)
I will, however, add in saying that my pain free (almost) is due to a Dr I saw in Nova Scotia who told me that “You don’t have pain from any really serious Destruction, but you have pain because of Inflammation - just take Aspirin - whatever dose until you find what works. Tweak it.”

She was a discovery by accident, and I was really lucky… and she changed everything for me and doesn’t even know it.
I was literally cane free two days later.
I started working out again on Jan 7 2012. I haven’t tried Deadlifts yet, but then my priorities have changed a little, but I finished my 8th set of ten on Squats at 380lbs a couple nights ago, and had some room to spare. I’ve put on twenty lbs, and have another 10lbs to go before I’m back up to my pre-injury weight.

I hope that you will be pain-free, and start doing your Squats and Deadlifts again.

(PS If Aspirin doesn’t cut it for you, ask your Doctor about prescribing Naproxen - that’s what I take now, AND don’t accept his/her advice saying Aleve is just as good and basically the same thing - IT’S NOT!!!)

Cheers…