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weight lifter with herniated back?

AnonymousUserAAnonymousUser Posts: 49,900
edited 06/11/2012 - 8:25 AM in Exercise and Rehab
There is a us olympic weight lifter who suffered a herniated disc before.


My question is how was she treated that allowed her to compete in weight lifting again??

I have a herniated L5-S1 and my back starts to hurt when I lift more than 30 pounds.

My only treatment has been physical therapy.


  • My guess is that she built up her back muscles and abs to compensate for her weakened back. I find it amazing that she still does it and it proves to show that you can have a complete recovery. Her back won't be the same as before, and she may have aches here and there, but nothing like before. She has to be real careful because once you herniate your back, you have a higher chance at reherniation in the future.
  • Amazing story
    Keep positive!


    ...an old timer here and ex-moderator

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