starting strength gym
Results 1 to 7 of 7

Thread: 30% Compression of L3

  1. #1
    Join Date
    Aug 2020
    Location
    The socialist state of Maryland
    Posts
    6

    Default 30% Compression of L3

    • starting strength seminar april 2024
    • starting strength seminar jume 2024
    • starting strength seminar august 2024
    My 35 year old brother, 5'6" 165lb, is recovering from a 30% compression of his L3 that took place 2 months ago and has asked me to help him train now that his Dr. has "cleared" him for physical activity and the ongoing pain is diminished. He is fit but does not have barbell training experience. Any advice on how to manage his training given his injury.

  2. #2
    Join Date
    Jul 2007
    Location
    North Texas
    Posts
    53,393

    Default

    More about the injury.

  3. #3
    Join Date
    Aug 2020
    Location
    The socialist state of Maryland
    Posts
    6

    Default

    It made him say ouch!

    The detail I am aware of but forgot to include is that the compression is uneven such that the front portion of the disk is thinner than the back portion. No apparent nerve damage. He is walking without assistance.

  4. #4
    Join Date
    Aug 2020
    Location
    The socialist state of Maryland
    Posts
    6

    Default

    Here are the docs notes from the x-ray.


    INDICATION: Evaluate for kyphosis. S/p 15 foot fall sustaining L3 compression fracture. CT scan L-spine outside facility 7/8/2023 revealed findings FINDINGS: Scoliosis-compression and anterior wedging of L3, flattening of lumbar lordosis. No significant scoliosis. 12 pairs thoracic ribs. Scoliosis technique which limits detail to reduce dose. Lumbar spine-5 lumbar vertebral bodies. Acute 30% compression and anterior wedging of L3, flattening of normal lordosis. No definite disc space narrowing. No evidence of spondylolisthesis.

  5. #5
    Join Date
    Jul 2007
    Location
    North Texas
    Posts
    53,393

    Default

    This is a compression fracture, most likely healed by now. Start light, progress the usual exercises slowly.

  6. #6
    Join Date
    Aug 2020
    Location
    The socialist state of Maryland
    Posts
    6

    Default

    Thank you Mark!

  7. #7
    Join Date
    Aug 2010
    Location
    Wichita Falls, Texas
    Posts
    2,408

    Default

    starting strength coach development program
    Quote Originally Posted by bimbem View Post
    Thank you Mark!
    You might see that his back looks marginally different when getting into position compared to the model, and more importantly, him falling into flexion on a squat is most likely not going to feel good.

Posting Permissions

  • You may not post new threads
  • You may not post replies
  • You may not post attachments
  • You may not edit your posts
  •