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  1. #1
    Reinhardt is offline Senior Member
    Join Date
    Nov 2008
    Hannover, Germany

    Default which lifts are compatible with Spondylolisthesis

    since last year i know that i have a spondylolisthesis.
    However, i could squat 160kg, bench 120kg and deadlift 170kg several months ago without any pain or issues whatsoever. About a month ago, i joined a O-lifting club and started to snatch and clean & jerk. The problem is, i'm becoming scared that overhead lifts hurt my back, mostly due to the spondylolisthesis. Why do i think that?

    1: Last year, i achieved a bodyweight barbell press. For about 2 weeks there after, my back was a mess. I tried to overhead press 50 kg after a week or so, felt pain in my lower back and stopped all real overhead pressing since then.

    2: Last week friday, i clean & jerked 90 kg. Good lift and no pain. This week monday, i back squatted 140kgx5. Good form, no pain. On wednesday, i clean & jerked again, 80kgx3, and felt something in my back. Not real pain, but something. After cleans, i wanted to do clean grip deads, but while warming up with 60kg, my lower back protested and i stopped. Since then my back is quite sore. No severe pain, but really sore.

    How can i determine if putting weights overhead is bad for me or if it is simple overtraining of my lower back?

    Any ideas appreciated

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    greenlanterncorp1987 is offline Senior Member
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    Apr 2012


    Well I would recommend you speak to your doctor about this but here is an interesting link you may find interesting about what to do and not to do as far as exercise.

  3. #3
    DLS is offline Senior Member
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    Feb 2012
    Pacific Northwest


    You should seek the advise of a physiatrist, a physician who specializes in physical medicine and rehabilitation. These doctors specialize in restoring optimal function to people with injuries / diseases affecting muscles, bones, tissues, and the nervous system.

    I hope this helps,
    Be well ... Lee.

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