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12/17/2014 6:13:55 PM - Brian Burnbaum
Dr. Deebel,

Are you aware of any powelifters, either on this site or otherwise who have had surgery for spinal stenosis and have gone on to compete in the squat and deadlift? I have severe spinal stenosis at L4-5 and I have been under the care of several Chiropractors, received decompression, stim, accupuncture, adjustments, etc etc. I have missed 4 months of lower body training this year because my leg pain just gets too severe. Right now I am at a tolerable baseline and I train like a "bench-only" lifter but would like to compete full power again. I am still considering epidural steroids and if no improvement starting neurontin but I am trying to see what options I have open to me. I want you to know that I do not take the decision to have back surgery lightly, it would be a last resort.

Thank you!


I don't know of any personally. I know of lifters who came back from disc herniations but not stenosis.
The best idea I have to to look into Dr. McGill's work to help rehab yourself. That's your best bet imo.
I can't seem to link from this tablet but I believe McGill's book is available here and Brian Carroll haa some articles in the archives.
You're in a tough situation but hang in there and do the work and I'm sure you'll improve. One positive is you will gain control over your situation and will be able to better determine what you can and can't do.
Any doctor can just give you recommendations that are never 100% certain.
Good luck.

Thomas Deebel D.C.

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