Originally Posted by conceptionist
Just got back from a sports chiropractor and strength training consultant. Had a pretty depressing but well needed discussion.
Knee problems prob caused by overtraining. No squats and deadlifts for another 2-4 weeks. Just pump and circulation training, very light weights and high reps in machines coupled with cycling. All lower body gains lost. Almost certain that means no PL meet in Nov
I'm also proper fucked up in terms of body alignment. My hip is tilted and rotated, right shoulder tilts forward causing the right side of my upper back to "point out" (aka minor scapular winging) and my spine has a small sideway curve.
The man has worked with most of the powerlifters in my club. He even used to set up a table there and massage during training sessions. He basically told me that every tall lifter he knows has been injured, mostly due to worse leverages and relatively smaller wrists and joints. Every somewhat good powerlifter is short and thicker built. Told me I've "chosen the wrong sport", lol.
He is about as tall as me, same build but 40 pounds heavier, suffers from chronic elbow pain and had to give up his PL training.
Feels like a bright future.
Welcome to my world. Look on the bright side - you have the resources available to you to ensure you are properly informed. It would be much worse if you were self-training at a globo-gym, sustained an acute injury requiring a full-stop in training and didn't have access to someone with an informed perspective, let alone the someone with same body type and experience.
Fix your perspective right quick, though – it is easy to be depressed about this stuff, I know I was/still am – but you literally don’t have any other choice other than to suck it up and deal with it. Your rehab will progress much better if you are relentlessly positive about it… and you don’t really have any other choice. Being miserable sucks and it happens but you have to get your mind in the right place, otherwise it’ll sink you. I spent months being a bitch about my elbow before I changed my mind, and I still have days where I feel like I’ll never lift again, but it gets better.
Ultimately, training is a privilege, so stuff like “no squats/deadlifts for one month = all gains lost” is a) untrue and b) self-defeating. Only being able to do super-light pump training on machines sounds like a curse to you, but it sounds fucking fantastic coming from a guy who hasn’t experienced loaded elbow flexion in months – it is all about perspective. With that being said, I know you just got the diagnosis and had your sights set on a meet so you absolutely should take a few days to let the feels flow so you can get back to fixing it ASAP.