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Training advice following serious neck injury

Started by supermac on 01/12/2016 4:54am

G'day, Came off my surfboard and stopped the fall abruptly with the side of my head on an exposed rock hard sandbank.
St Francis, South Africa, 2009.

Serious damage to C1, C2 (hangmans fracture)C3, C4.
1st op inserting hardware to put me back together
2nd op scraping out infection (septacemia)
3rd op plastic surgery and scrape out more infection
4th op more of the same
5th op remove all of the hardware - infection finally gone.
All over the course of a year.
I walked extensively through pretty much all of the above which took about a year and started weight training again two weeks after the last op.

I have been weight training for 15 years (started 8 years before the accident)and started back 2 weeks post my final op.
I was and have been very careful whilst weight training (nothing above the head, front squats only etc) and gradually over time have rebuilt a lot of my previous strength.

Front squats 220lbs, Bench 230lbs, deadlift 400lbs, I am now 66 years old. My neck is 4cms bigger now since the accident.
I have no pain, train with great care, but I was chatting to my orthopaedic surgeon yesterday who told me I should not be training with those kind of weights.

They recommend very light weights/high sets and things like water aerobic type training etc.
ARE YOU KIDDING ME.

They are the experts and tell me that surgery like I had is expected to last between 8 - 15 years before something pops.
Do I continue with caution/completely back off what I'm doing/do something completely different...I mean, seriously what are my options.

I cannot imagine starting to train with little pink dumbells in the swimming pool.
ANY EXPERT ADVICE WOULD BE APPRECIATED. Thanks

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