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    RJP, have you ever tried implementing the McGill Big 3? They have helped me tremendously when I have had lower back issues. By the way, your PM Box is full.


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    Quote Originally Posted by Meshuggah View Post
    RJP, have you ever tried implementing the McGill Big 3? They have helped me tremendously when I have had lower back issues. By the way, your PM Box is full.

    Here is a better quality video.

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    Thanks for the videos, shug. I'll give the exercises a try for a bit, although you can color me skeptical. I mean, I was pulling in the high 400s and squatting in the mid 300s when I got hurt. Strength is not an issue and I just can't see these doing anything for me. I understand fully that they helped you and I hope they help me as well but I just don't understand the mechanism behind them at this point.

    It's been my experience on this board that MRIs are generally discouraged unless surgery is planned. My question then is how do I go about diagnosing what's bothering me without that diagnostic tool? It's been almost a year and I'd like to know what's wrong inside. Without knowing, how can I plan my recovery? I've continued lifting, I've stretched, I've gone to a chiro and a GP and I still have that slight pain in my lower back and my right quad and adductor are still extremely tight and interfering with my lifting progress. My day to day getting around is not really affected, but I would like that tightness to go away so I can be a bit more confident that my next lift is not going to get me hurt again. I have decent health insurance coverage now (which I didn't when the injury occurred) but still an MRI would not be cheap and of course might not be of any help.

    Any other suggestions for next step? Any particular specialist I should see? Other diagnostic tools to explore?

    Thanks.

    -RJP

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    Hey mate

    The best way to hang off of a rack is to grab some ab straps, the harbinger ab straps are pretty good. They sit in your armpits and you can hang for a lot longer and relax in them pretty pain free (apart from the rippage of some armpit hairs)

    I am just coming out of a similar situation, I hurt my back in December of last year. I had foot drop, no feeling in parts of my legs, excruciating pain - it sucked!
    I had 4 disc herniations, 2x grade 2 and 2x grade 3. I got an MRI for free so I did get imaging done but the process would be the same with or without the imaging so if you can't get it free or cheap I wouldn't worry too much about getting it done.

    With some careful programming and training my ass off I am almost completely pain free - and I squatted 150kg yesterday, totally stoked about that.
    First up my recommendation would be to see a coach or sign up with SSOC, their medical team fixed my broken ass real quick.

    You need to keep training without pissing that back off, what is your programming at the moment sir? When programming an angry back I found that reducing reps while keeping things relatively heavy works really well - it allows you to get strong while staying under the 'inflammation threshold'. Deadlifts and squats for sets of 2 or 3 reps work well.

    Let me know how you go mate

    Cheers!

    Joel R
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    OP here. I thought it might be of some small interest to update this ancient thread.

    I kept at my training, utilizing many of the suggestions given here (thanks again to all who commented, I am eternally grateful). I had a setback when I tore my left adductor squatting, directly related to the extreme tightness of my right quad messing up my form, I'm sure. I rehabbed that as best I could with the Starr protocol and just took things very slowly and carefully. As Rip has said, everything heals, and I guess this is the case here. I kept at the training, listening to my body but still pushing things, until I got to the high point of my lifting career with a 500lb deadlift at a Strengthlifting meet in Phoenix in September 2019 at age 58 (squatted 370 and pressed 180). Now I'm in the final preparation stage for Coach Santana's meet at the end of October. I fully expect to beat that deadlift, and I'm pretty sure I've got a 400lb squat in me. I still have a slightly odd feeling in my right hip/quad area, but nothing that affects me in any way.

    Thanks again for the collective knowledge and compassion of this board.

    -RJP

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