While I cannot give you advice on what to do, being that I am not a doctor and do not play one on TV, I can share experiences from my work in the long term disability field.
I have seen mixed results with these injections. Those that are successful in their rehabilitation (back to activities of daily living, not lifting weights) combined the injection with targeted rehabilitation. That being said, the injection forced them to take down time. So, which helped more, the down time, or the injection? We don’t know.
My advice would be to seek multiple opinions and a definitive diagnosis prior to undergoing a procedure of any kind. Abide by Dr. McGill’s protocol of avoiding pain triggers, desensitizing yourself and moving like an athlete. Grab a copy of Back Mechanic for the complete guide.
Back pain is not a death sentence as long as you manage it correctly.
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Paul is an elite level raw Powerlifter with personal bests of an 805lbs squat, 440lbs bench, 725lbs deadlift and a 1960lbs total in the 242lbs class, as well as an 800lbs squat, 430lbs bench, 700lbs deadlift and 1930lbs total in the 220lbs class.
Paul brings a deep educational background to the team as he has earned Master’s degrees in both Sports Management and Exercise Science. He is a former D1 Collegiate Strength and Conditioning Coach, who now works as a Functional Rehabilitation Specialist in Calgary, Alberta, Canada.
Paul provides coaching services in the areas of training and nutrition through his company Master Athletic Performance and is also the co-founder of a technology company, 1-Life Inc. Stay tuned for more information on that in the future!