Degenerating Vertebrae

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Degenerating Vertebrae

Postby Adena » Sun Jan 13, 2013 2:21 am

So I got some X-ray results back and it shows that I have one degenerating vertebrae. :cry: Apparently the majority of my vertebrae look like the hale and hearty vertebrae of a 20 something, while the one looks like the vertebrae of a 45 year old. :shock: I know a lot of you have awfully negative opinions of chiropractors, and this was discovered by my chiropractor, but I could see the X-ray pretty plainly myself. However, I'm hoping to get to a different type of doctor for a second opinion, I'm just not looking forward to paying for more X-rays.

My chiropractor advised me to continue lifting, but perhaps switch up my routine to lighter lifts some days instead of going heavy all the time. She also said there was no way to know how the damage was caused. It's permanent, so the only thing to do is to keep it from degenerating any further. She recommended I work on mobility and active recovery, which I know I need to be doing more of anyway.

Any advice or ideas for mobility work and/or active recovery? The only thing I do for now is some foam rolling and stretching before and after each session.

So far, a friend at the gym suggested dragging the sled with no weight on it, face pulls with the rope on the sled, and light kettle bell swings. He said it would make the most sense to do this on a separate day from my deadlift day, specifically the day after. So tomorrow I'm heading in for active recovery day. I have a feeling I'm going to be spending seven out of seven days at the gym from now on! :D
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Re: Degenerating Vertebrae

Postby baldy » Mon Jan 14, 2013 9:06 am

That is scary news, going to a "proper" doctor for a second opinion and what is actually means seems essential.
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Re: Degenerating Vertebrae

Postby JP » Mon Jan 14, 2013 9:47 am

i think definitely get a specialist opinion on this (well, the US health care system is infamous, but hope you have access to one)

but 45 is not crazy old :) mark felix deadlifts 410kg at that age :D
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Re: Degenerating Vertebrae

Postby Linnéa76 » Mon Jan 14, 2013 11:36 am

Sorry about the vertebra, Adena! I think there's quite a few different treatment possibilities for this out there,
another reason to see a specialist.
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Re: Degenerating Vertebrae

Postby Adena » Mon Jan 14, 2013 4:10 pm

[quote="JP"]i think definitely get a specialist opinion on this (well, the US health care system is infamous, but hope you have access to one)

but 45 is not crazy old :) mark felix deadlifts 410kg at that age :D


True statement, I meant no offense to any 40 somethings out there! I'm 32 anyway, so if my X-rays were perfect it would be a miracle.

I ended up too busy yesterday to head in to the gym, so active recovery did not happen. I attempted a little bit this morning, and got a few yoga poses and light kettle bell swings in before I left for work. It's better than nothing!
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Re: Degenerating Vertebrae

Postby ^toby^ » Wed Aug 07, 2013 12:28 pm

Talk to a physiotherapist .
I saw one who specialised in neck after my surgery (fusing my c5/6) and it help a lot.
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