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Old 02-27-2013, 04:41 PM   #1
Rich Krauss
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crossfit and herniated disc

I have taken a break from crossfit for a few months now but would like to start up again. I have a history of herniated discs in my lumbar region, most recently in November while rowing. I am feeling much better, no more back discomfort. My doctors and PT both told me I shouldn't be weightlifting, esp deadlifts, squats, presses and no more rowing. If I did start working out at a local crossfit, how would you modify my workouts?
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Old 02-28-2013, 07:40 AM   #2
Glenn Pasewicz
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Re: crossfit and herniated disc

The advice I got was: stop if it hurts.

I don't know how well this advice translates to Crossfit WODs specifically. I'd also avoid KB swings. Cleans are probably not a good idea either. GH situps might cause problems, too. Burpees? Ehh.....intuitively, they don't seem safe.
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Old 03-23-2013, 08:28 PM   #3
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Re: crossfit and herniated disc

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The advice I got was: stop if it hurts.

I don't know how well this advice translates to Crossfit WODs specifically. I'd also avoid KB swings. Cleans are probably not a good idea either. GH situps might cause problems, too. Burpees? Ehh.....intuitively, they don't seem safe.
rich, it seems likely that you have bulging discs that aren't truly herniated. my wife's L5 blew out a few years back and she couldn't even stand up, she had to lay flat on her back. Now, i have bulging discs in my lower back, and i go to great lengths to keep my back loose and control the swelling. stretching the hamstrings daily will reduce low back pain. get a foam roller and use a hard ball, like a lacrosse ball or baseball to work out the kinks in your low back. i do these things daily. i dead lift and squat every week.
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