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    bodybuilding with scoliosis?


    I have 33 degree scoliosis. This has caused a rib hump and muscle imbalances in my back and hamstrings. Are there any mass building workouts designed to help this? I can still squat and deadlift. Squats I gotta be careful on but I can deadlift quite a bit despite my size. Most of the logs I've found on this involved females, who weren't really trying to get big. I've been lifting for 2 years, I've been on a 5 month break. Im trying to get back into the swing of things so any advice would be awesome.
    Im 22
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    170 pounds

    I can squat 145 with a normal bar no problem. I can go higher with a machine though. I can deadlift about 200 before its a struggle.

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    i have no idea what's going to be good for you.
    that's terrible scoli. have you seen an Orthopedist? 33 degrees and you're getting shorter? you may need that fixed.
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    Nah. I don't have health insurance. It doesn't really hurt at the moment. I've been working on good posture, and I know keeping the back strong helps as well.
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    And I was 5 11 in highschool. So I lost an inch in 5 years. That whole 5 years was bad posture and no exercise.
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    I would go to StrengthMill and ask Mark Rippetoe in the Q & A section for some guidelines.
    Former Marine, UT-BSN, NSCA-CPT, NASM-CPT, CSCS
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    I have had a broken L-5 since high school football. Isthmus Spondiliolysthesis I believe.

    I sat on a block of wood in my truck for the last 8 years. Got some good core training from grafston guy.

    I deadlift and squat nervously and I was told to never do either.
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    Exercise is actually a good thing for people who have scoliosis, but I do not think bodybuilding is included as an exercise.

    Read this article: http://www.scoliosis.org/resources/m...ciseadults.php
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    For my issue i was told the ligaments are what is holding me together so keep lifting carefully.
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    Well, im wondering how bodybuilding could even out my muscles, and with enough muscle density, keep my spine from getting worse?
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    I did a quick pubmed and google search:
    exercise didnt help:
    http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/2...m&ordinalpos=2
    brace and exercise didnthelp
    http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/2...m&ordinalpos=1

    most articles i read said exercise will not make it better or worse. i still think you need to find a good spine surgeon and get on a treatment plan whatever it may be. good luck.
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