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Back Injury and Spine injections: My experience

Spine Injections for Back Pain: My experience

Spine injections: Nerve root blocks, facet injections, and epidurals for a back injury. I’ve had them all. Unfortunately, my experience is that they won’t help you much if you aren’t settling your back pain and removing the cause(s).

Why don’t they work for a hurt back?

It’s not that they don’t flatten the curve of pain for some; the issue is it isn’t likely to help one heal due to the pain being gone; you think you can go back to normal daily life, lifting and carrying on. But then, as the injection wears off, the pain returns, and you’re worse off than ever. Meaning; It can actually prevent your healing and prolong your injury.

My Experience with Back injury

If I had used more common sense and properly assessed my pain triggers, as shown in Dr. McGill’s Back Mechanic, they might have lasted more than 2-3 weeks. But instead, I took “no days off” and continued to wind my pain up and ‘pick the scab’; when the pain returned, it was unbearable. In addition, as I discussed in Gift of Injury, I did one of the shots, but each time I received a shot, it was less effective.

Shots or no shots for a hurt back

I can’t tell you if you should get the injections or not; I have no idea what your injury is and what makes you feel better and worse. If you would like my advice for your situation, I can do my best to help you navigate with my experience with a Virtual Consult. But, I can tell you this: whether you get the shot(s) or not, you must do more than return to your normal life; there is no such thing as a magic cure. There is work to be done to heal properly.

Briand MRI for back injury back pain

Brian’s before and after MRI back injury

Spine injections for back injury will not heal spine damage like mine. Instead, removing the cause and slowly rebuilding is the only way to do it! Pain-free doesn’t mean healed!

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Brian is a retired world-class powerlifter with over two decades of world-class powerlifting. From 1999 to 2020, Brian Carroll was a competitive powerlifter, one of the most accomplished lifters in the sport's history. Brian started off competing in bench press competitions 'raw,' then, shortly into the journey, he gravitated toward equipped lifting as there were no "raw" categories then. You only had to choose from single-ply (USPF) and Multi-ply (APF/WPC). Brian went on to total 2730 at 275 and 2651 at 242 with more than ten times his body weight in three different classes (220, 242, 275), and both bench pressed and deadlifted over 800 pounds in two other weight classes. He's totaled 2600 over 20 times in 2 different weight classes in his career. With 60 squats of 1000lbs or more officially, this is the most in powerlifting history, regardless of weight class or federation, by anyone not named David Hoff. Brian realized many ups and downs during his 20+ years competing. After ten years of high-level powerlifting competition and an all-time World Record squat at 220 with 1030, in 2009, Brian was competing for a Police academy scholarship. On a hot and humid July morning, Brian, hurdling over a barricade at 275lbs, landed on, fell, and hurt his back. After years of back pain and failed therapy, Brian met with world-renowned back specialist Prof McGill in 2013, which changed his trajectory more than he could have imagined. In 2017, Brian Carroll and Prof McGill authored the best-selling book about Brian's triumphant comeback to powerlifting in Gift of Injury. Most recently (10.3.20) -Brian set the highest squat of all time (regardless of weight class) with 1306 lbs – being the first man to break the 1300lb squat barrier at a bodyweight of 303 lbs.
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