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Deadlifts - Causing back problems

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2003/10/20 19:38:44 (permalink)

Deadlifts - Causing back problems

Ok, been having a problem with deadlifts for weeks now, but been ignoring it, and finally got annoyed enough to ask for advice!

Basically, the problem is, I am hurting my spine every time I deadlift, making it hard to sit down, bend over etc for at least a couple of days a week.

I didn't used to deadlift, then did, but with the usual way of using the same weight week after week and always with a belt...never had any problems though!

Then through reading posts on here, I started to do 5x5 without using a belt or straps....my poundages have come on, but every time the weight gets heavier, my back hurts more! I know I have issues with my technique, i tend to push with the legs but the bar doesn't move, so i end up semi-stiff legging it...I've tried to sort this out, but it only happens with heavy weights so dropping the weight to concentrate on technique just means I lift well while the weight is light! Oh, and if I use correct form on heavy weights it feels more like it's compressing my spine.

So this week I thought I'd try progressively heavier singles for a change, hopefully meaning since I wasn't doing so many reps I wouldn't overwork my back...but this was at least as bad as the 5x5 approach..

Which brings me to a few options, which do you guys think will work best?

-Lower weight high rep dealifting (15-20 reps)
-Stick with 5x5
-Heavy singles
-No deadlifting
-Wearing a belt again
-Other?

I've sort of run out of ideas here, so if anyone can offer any advice, cause it's got the stage where I'd rather not go to the gym on pull day than carry on as I am.

Thanks for reading!

Alex
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    GymCatt
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    RE: Deadlifts - Causing back problems 2003/10/20 21:06:38 (permalink)
    Sounds bad tbh if its hurting your spine you must be rounding your back. or doing damage somehow. You sure its not just bad doms?
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    RE: Deadlifts - Causing back problems 2003/10/20 21:34:58 (permalink)
    I would rather lift lighter weights with good form than lift heavier weights with poor form. Especially if the heavier weights where wrecking my back!
    Get someone to check your form and instruct you how to deadlift properly mate, before you do permanent damage to yourself.
    The deadlift is probably the best exercise you can do, but if performed incorrectly, it can be one of the most dangerous.
    Look after yourself mate.
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    RE: Deadlifts - Causing back problems 2003/10/20 21:37:20 (permalink)
    No it's not muscular pain.....more like all the weight is being targetted to my lower back...like I said only with heavy weights though.
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    RE: Deadlifts - Causing back problems 2003/10/21 01:16:40 (permalink)
    Your form is probably poor mate, because I've been deadlifting for a short while and I've never experienced any pain in the spine from deadlifting. You say that pushing with the legs doesn't work, well if your leg drive is defieicent, you transfer all the load to the lower back for the remainder of the lift and this is not good at all.

    Get someone to check your form and maybe visit the doctor to see if there's any permanent damage done. Because:
    A) Higher reps mean that form degrades after a while, not good on deads
    B) If you are new to deadlifting, like me, heavy singles shouldn't be an option, we need to get the form down and build the tendons, ligament strenght.
    C) Not deadlifting isn't even an option, everyone, even old ladies, could benefit from the exercise (no more weak hips grandma!). The only reason why you shouldn't deadlift is because of injury.
    D)This is probably what got you there, always wearing a belt doesn't give the abs a chance to get on par (regarding strenght) with the lower back. Start training your abs heavy.

    In conclusion, you might want to check your form, lower the weight and see a doctor to see if there's any harm done, deadlifting shouldn't put pressure on the spine to make you unable to bend down for days.
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    RE: Deadlifts - Causing back problems 2003/10/21 15:41:59 (permalink)
    Forgot to mention....a guy mentioned when I was (not) lifting yesterday that my chest was dropping before the weight moved, this may be because I just let my arms hang when deadlifting, should I lift in a similar style to clean (ie shoulders back) cause I have the feeling this would help?
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    RE: Deadlifts - Causing back problems 2003/10/21 19:53:08 (permalink)
    Chest should always be up no matter what. Dropping the chest may cause your lower back to round.
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    RE: Deadlifts - Causing back problems 2003/10/21 21:01:11 (permalink)
    I'll give it a try, let's see what happens next week!
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    RE: Deadlifts - Causing back problems 2003/10/22 01:18:26 (permalink)
    GoldenArrow, try this out, as it has done wonders on my deadlifts.
    As you are about to lift, try and look upward focusing on something the top of a wall,when you lift drive up with your hips not so much with your back and at the same time trying to keep your back straight, and during the lift holding the bar just a couple of inches from your legs,as that sounds like where you are faulting. AAs for myself I wear a strong powerbeld and I also wrap my knees just for the extra support when lifting HEAVY.
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