Squatting and herniated disc

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Squatting and herniated disc

Is it possible for someone with a herniated disc to squat?

They tell us to avoid lumbar flexion, but everytime I squat my glutes go into major spasms and I get an acute attack of sciatica.

Last year in PT, they had me squat. I tried it just once. I was out of it for a week.

I also tried strengthening my multifidus and boy, that also flared everything up. Prior to having a herniated disc, I was able to strengthen my multifidus.

Don't worry if there isn't an answer. I wouldn't be surprised if these problems are common with herniated discs.

Linda Age 51
DDD since who knows when.
SI joint dysfunction.

Fibromyalgia
Congenital Spasticity

IDET L4-L5, L5-S1 2002 for annual tears and discogenic pain
Current MRI (May 2008) Herniation L5-S1 3mm Anterior to Posterior 1 cm across left lateral recess
L4-L5 broadbased protusion

EMGs Polyphasics Peroneal, Ant Tibs, Gastroc with Silent Paraspinals

Have had burning red feet for the last 18 months, which left me unable to wear shoes or exercise. Lack of exercise probably ruined my back.

Meds: Too many.

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prickly pear

hey, go to see you trying to work out! before all though..and importantly,how long have you been working out?
if you are experienced and have knowledge of good and bad pain,then we can start.
squats may not be an ideal excercize for ya, you have to stabilize too many areas and if you have a weak link..your risking a greater and more extensive set of injuries.
aska personal trainer first.
I would use a leg press to strengthen my legs,and calves,and had some support with a belt and the seat. i would bring my knees down to the point where your butt starts to curl upward,in the bad days,i would cross my arms across my chest,as a stop to the downward motion and hold back hip rotation.

you can do some incredible calf work on the press also,since your range of motion is somthing in the order of 4 t 6 inches ,as long as you can lift the weight you can move up to a few times more than you can press.

but,
you need to restrict your movement in the area of injury.
So... MOST IMPORTANTLY!!!!!!!!!
TALK TO DOC FIRST! before you do anything,find a sports doc and get his advice first.

you dont want to injure yourself and limit your future prospects! right?
good luck to you and play safe first!!!

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In the hospital after my

In the hospital after my microD the next day very slight squatting is one of my exercises they are having me do every day. Not sure I would call it a squat since I only go down a couple inches and hold for 5 seconds and then go up again and repeat 10 times while facing a surface to hang onto like a counter and keep the back completely straight.

When I was in the hospital when the physical therapist was telling me how to do it when I started squatting down I went down 4 inches and she sorta freaked out on me and said no no not that far only a little bit. So I just go a couple inches down and hold then back up again.

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Hi pmazz, how do i find

Hi pmazz, how do i find someone schooled in the Australian Spine Study???? I am in Australia and am having trouble! You sound like you may know
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Pmazz..WOW

Pmazz:

You explained it exactly. It all makes sense to me. Fortunately, I'm able to activate my TVA. The multifidus hurts to activate, because it is swollen from my herniated disc. I can actually feel the swelling. (I haven't had surgery for this herniated disc)

Recently, I've been getting pain when I walk uphill. I think it is from the multifidus.

I guess the pain when I try to do water excerise is also from the multifidus.

But, I'm able to do gently activate the TVA. Kinda like a pelvic tilt. Pretty easy to do.

I've got to find a therapist who certified the Australian Spine Study. I'm in San Antonio, Texas.

It's very difficult when you are "pushed" to work muscles that aren't ready. I've tried activating the multifidus (I simply put my fingers between my vertebrae) and it just hurts and I feel the swelling.

Mchell: I'm so sorry to hear that you reherniated your disc.

Linda Age 51
DDD since who knows when.
SIJ joint dysfunction.

Fibromyalgia
Congenital Spasticity

IDET L4-L5, L5-S1 2002 for annual tears and discogenic pain
Current MRI (May 2008) Herniation L5-S1 3mm Anterior to Posterior 1 cm across left lateral recess
L4-L5 broadbased protusion

EMGs Polyphasics Peroneal, Ant Tibs, Gastroc with Silent Paraspinals

Have had burning red feet for the last 18 months, which left me unable to wear shoes or exercise. Lack of exercise probably ruined my back.

Meds: Too many.

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You can squat after having a

You can squat after having a herniated disc, but you have to give your back time to heal before you do do an exercise such as a squat

you need to make sure you have good flexibility in your ankles and hips, otherwise your form with be very bad and cause further injury

before i started weightlifting and squatting i spent about 5-6 weeks just stretching my hips and achillies to make sure i could squat deep enough and keep good form

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Squatting

The only squat I would recommend I the body weight squat and only if it does not cause pain. Keep your core braced and maintain the natural curve in your spine. Try to get down so your butt hits a chair then back up to standing. Don't squat with weight on your shoulders-too much compressive loads. Watch leg presses as the machines often force your spine into flexion. Step ups and single leg or split squats are a much better option.

Rob Siclair PT, Cert. MDT

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You can do squats even if

You can do squats even if you have herniated disc. But just at the right time and weight. Have a couple of weeks rest, especially after surgery. Avoid heavy lifting. You can squat using your body weight or a couple of pounds. Remember to consult your physician before doing anything.