Just wondering what the general consensus is on this? I have scoliosis, although not that bad, but enough to where my spine looks like a helix in an x-ray. It doesn't bother me, and even started to feel better when I first started to deadlift and squat. But now I am getting up there in weight, (although not very high compared to alot of you) and I can feel it more and more in my lower back. I keep meaning to ask my regular Dr. about it but keep forgetting.
i have no idea man. i dont think most of us ever came across a situation like this. just wait to see what your doctor says i guess?
I was told I have mild to moderate scoliosis when I did my last pre-employment physical. I never really noticed, but after being told I suppose I can see some of the effects. Regardless, I really haven't done anything special in terms of lifting; if anything, I'd imagine strengthening the muscles in the back would be a fantastic idea. Honestly, you should probably just speak to an orthopedic, because really that's the only person that can tell you.
I have scoliosis, and I also broke 2 vertebrae in my back when I was 13, which led to a ton of other issues (lost feeling in my legs for about a minute, nerve impingement, sciatica, which leads to other things even today). I made sure to keep good form on all exercises, and I feel that it really helped me stay healthy. I truely feel that keeping good form with deads and squats, will help your scoliosis and keep your back healthy.
I have scoliosis. ( I made a post about this just the other day ). I used to have mild back pain all the time. Basically, I had just learned to live with it. Since I started squatting and deadlifting the pain has gone away. My chiropractor has never said that I should stop deadlifting/squatting ( and I personally don't really care too much what medical doctors say. )
Awesome. Sorry BigTallOx, I must of missed that thread, or I would of posted in there. Deadlifts and squats have helped my posture big time, and my back doesn't get sore anymore. I don't plan on slowing down, I just wondered if there was a limit. I will still ask my Doc, next time I see him.
Careful when you go to a doctor - there are a lot of doctor's out there that succumb to the "if you're hurt don't do any heavy lifting at all in any way" philosophy, no matter the specifics of your condition. Make sure you find one who knows what he's talking about, like a good physical trainer or something.
If I'm not mistaken, Lamar grant had scoliosis (deadlifted somewhere around 650 at around 123-130 lbs XD ).
Stats: 11/15/07-First-meet--2nd Meet----3rd meet
Max Bench: 255---220-----------280------300
Max Squat: 405----395----------440------460
CHINUPS - Bodyweight + 135, x1, dead hang. Still working on the one arm chinup.
i have scoliosis, a pretty bad crook, though deadlifting and squating has helped it, still have a crook but have been doing more stretches lately to try and fix it, the more i deadlift and squat the less often my back hurts. pulled 500 yesterday and my back feels good.
my chiro wants me to keep lifting in with my back but to do more stretches and a few extra exersizes for it.
without seeing your x-rays its difficult to give any detailed advice, as this will depend on the degree of curvature and of the muscle attachment configuration, any other obvious asymmetry and of course how your nervous system is affected, so obviously it is better to speak to your specialist.
having said that, often times, especially if not too severe the body will compensate for the dis-formation, and of course strength training can play a very important role in this. if this is the case, then clearly strict form is vital.
i obviously cannot say for sure that placing a linear stress over a spine curved due to scoliosis will be entirely safe in your case, though judging from what youve said, you arent at high risk of pulmonary problems, and probably wont have too many problems, though err on the side of caution and dont go up in weight too fast.
and of course stop immediately at any sign of pain.
I have pretty severe scoliosis. I'm cautious with it, but it all comes down to your priorities, and I won't let it hold me back. Save 1RM's for competitions, and if you don't compete, just don't do them.