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    mm89 is offline Junior Member
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    Default Using KB after back injury/sciatica

    Hello,

    I have been using kettelbells for a few years now, though I have never posted on the forums before. Almost a year ago, I injured myself while doing swings. At first I thought I pulled my hamstring, put the pain stayed with me for months, becoming increasingly worse. I eventually got an MRI and found out I had degenerate disks in my lower back. After a few months of physical therapy, I now live pain-free 99% of the time.

    Unfortunately, I have been overweight and under-active most of my life. My discovery of kettlebells significantly changed that aspect of my life. After the physical therapy, my doctors suggested not using kettlebells anymore, as I sometimes still had pain when I swung or cleaned and pressed (probably from developing a bad form).

    I tried moving into bodyweight exercises, following convict conditioning. However, doing any of the leg raises causes my back to grind and I experience sciatica pain for a few days afterword, which bothers me while I work (I stand most of the day).

    I have since gained a lot of weight back with my increasingly sedentary lifestyle, and I would really like to get active again. I am going to start following the Naked Warrior program, as squats and pushups don't aggravate my symptoms, but I would really like to get back into swings and snatches.

    Does anyone have any suggestions of exercises that could help me strengthen my back enough to do these movements without flaring up my pain?

    Any thoughts or comments are appreciated.

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    Steve Freides is offline Senior Member
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    I had a severe back injury about 15 years ago and it was a long, slow road back to health. It's very important that you find an appropriate challenge for your body, one that doesn't cause you pain but does improve your fitness. If, e.g., you can walk, then slowly and cautiously begin a program of walking. If squats and pushups don't cause you pain, please consider working with an RKC to be sure your form is solid.

    Don't forget that Enter The Kettlebell begins with a list of things you need to be able to do and do well _before_ you swing a kettlebell - again, an RKC could be of help to you here.

    Best of luck to you.

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    ad5ly is offline Senior Member
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    If the doc says your good to start kbs then do so (but it sounds that the doc is not sympathatic to your desire to begin kbs again) . But do get your swing technique checked out by an RKC - very important. Most sciatic back injuries are caused by more than one cause or event. Usually a combo of bad posture, bad movement/lifting habits ,sitting too long, big gut, weak/tight hammies. Most of my back pain recovery was simply doing the physical therapy drills over many many months - and then and only then did I ease into swinging a kettlebell. Back extensions, Supermans etc...Everyone is different with this sort of thing. Find out what drills works for you. DO NOT DO SWINGS ( OR ANY OTHER MOVEMENT THAT HURTS) - let your back heal fully...Dennis

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    What Steve said - and be sure you can Sumo Deadlift that kettlebell correctly before you start swinging it...Dennis

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