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    On the 10th september i set a PR in the barbell overhead press with my bodyweight. Shortly there after my lower back started to hurt all the time. Thought all the time, it was from some bad squats or something, but yesterday i noticed sharp pain in the lower back while pressing my barbell overhead, so i started to think. So today i tried the handstand pushup first time ever and maxed out at 3 nice reps. Shortly after that i noticed that my back pain was gone! Great!

    Can someone explain me what was going on?

    Do you think i can maintain my overhead pressing strength by "only" doing hspus?
    My "core" is worked enough by squats and deads, i think, but as you know the hspu is like a partial barbell press.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Reinhardt View Post
    On the 10th september i set a PR in the barbell overhead press with my bodyweight. Shortly there after my lower back started to hurt all the time. Thought all the time, it was from some bad squats or something, but yesterday i noticed sharp pain in the lower back while pressing my barbell overhead, so i started to think. So today i tried the handstand pushup first time ever and maxed out at 3 nice reps. Shortly after that i noticed that my back pain was gone! Great!

    Can someone explain me what was going on?

    Do you think i can maintain my overhead pressing strength by "only" doing hspus?
    My "core" is worked enough by squats and deads, i think, but as you know the hspu is like a partial barbell press.
    You're leaning back during your overhead presses due to lack of shoulder mobility. Leaning back with a whole barbell worth of your BW (plus your whole upper body) would be the cause of the pain.

    Once you switch to HSPUs, however, even though your back was well rounded, only the weight of your lower body is placed on it. Thus, you would fell no pain.

    That would be my guess. A good test for mobility would be standing with your back against the wall, and with your lower back pressed against it (legs are slightly bent). Now raise your arms overhead. Mimic a barbell overhead press with your wrist in contact with the wall at all times, and the lower back in contact with the wall at all times. If you can't keep both in contact throughout the ROM, you lack mobility.

    I think you can do two things. Either increase your shoulder mobility (there are many ways to do this, so you'll have to do some research), or just switch to HSPUs and hope that the arched back will not hurt you. Another way would be to learn to do Handstands with the hollow position, but then again, that also requires increasing the shoulder mobility.

    If you choose to just switch to HSPUs, you can place your hands on books to get the full ROM, instead of partials.
    Last edited by 305pelusa; 09-25-2011 at 09:13 AM.

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    Today i woke up with sharp pain in my left hip. So severe, that i took a painkiller immediately.
    2 hours later i took the next one and went to the doc. He gave me more painkillers and told me to rest. The pain almost vanishes when i sit, but gets extrem when i walk in a matter of seconds.
    The painkillers, a total of 4 until now, don´t seem to help any and the doc wants to see me again the day after tomorrow. My back is completly fine. Any ideas?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Reinhardt View Post
    Today i woke up with sharp pain in my left hip. So severe, that i took a painkiller immediately.
    2 hours later i took the next one and went to the doc. He gave me more painkillers and told me to rest. The pain almost vanishes when i sit, but gets extrem when i walk in a matter of seconds.
    The painkillers, a total of 4 until now, don´t seem to help any and the doc wants to see me again the day after tomorrow. My back is completly fine. Any ideas?
    I answered this on the other thread. I, unfortunately, refuse to help anyone in a forum about health advice when their own DOCTORS didn't say to do so. Beyond ice and rest, I don't give more advice.

    I would rest, take it easy, see if it gets better by tomorrow, and check with your doctor (as he said) tomorrow.

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