I have scoliosis and also going to gym at least 2 times in a week.

For 2 years all my gym coaches said me "deadlifts" and "squats" are not suitable for scoliosis because it's pressing the back too much. So I never did these exercises.

Now I find a website (http://www.scoliosisworkouts.com/) and this website's workout program it's suggesting deadlift and squat. I'm not sure if I should trust them.

Squat : http://www.scoliosisworkouts.com/index.php/strength-training-for-the-back/2-uncategorised/12-rami-s-workout

Deadlift : http://www.scoliosisworkouts.com/index.php/strength-training-for-the-back/2-uncategorised/17-fat-burning-leaning-workout

I really want to do these exercises because my back and my legs are weak. But i'm really wondering if they harm my back because of my scoliosis.

Are these exercises suitable for scoliosis?

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  • I have noticeable scoliosis, yet never severe enough for surgery. I have squatted and deadlifted for over 25 years now and was squatting about 650 at peak. Can you do these lifts? Absolutely. But if your case is more severe you might want to work with a doctor. In severe cases you will need to limit the weight so there isn't force put on lower back. – DMoore Jul 9 '16 at 0:11
  • I hope it's not 650 kilograms :)) @DMoore I've tried squat once and there is no pain in my back. So maybe I can do squats? But I don't know when to stop putting new weights to bar and worrying about injuring my back. – Eray Jul 9 '16 at 1:33
  • I am assuming you have gone to a doctor before. I was diagnosed in elementary school by the nurse's yearly check and then went to the doctor a few times. He never told me what I could or couldn't do. I am assuming you are in the same boat. If you are do what you can do and start slow. If you get to the point where you feel like you don't know talk to your doctor. The only issues squatting I have had are slip discs which is probably a product of too much weight for my frame. – DMoore Jul 9 '16 at 2:29
  • I went to doctor once, and he said I have scoliosis. But he didn't tell anything about therapy. My scoliosis isn't visible in first sight (difference of my shoulders is really little) but visible with x-ray. I have back pain when I lift too much weight or when I stand up too much. (BTW, I've travelled whole western europe with my 30 kilograms backpack with a little pain) . In my country, doctors' sport education is too low and usually they are saying "don't lift weights" because they don't any idea about gyms and exercises. – Eray Jul 9 '16 at 17:25
  • We are talking about nonsense. Who the hell are your gym teachers? Who cares what they say? Either just do it or get a doctors OK. It is useless getting advice on here. Also the site you are referring to has nothing really "scoliosis" related. It is just about working out. If you are functional with scoliosis building muscle in your back and neck will help. I have never heard of someone building too much muscle. I suggest that you start squatting - today - with really light weight. Work up to 100lbs. See how you feel. Then go talk to doctor. – DMoore Jul 9 '16 at 22:09

Common sense is that you avoid any load on your back, and expecially from squats and deadlifts ( direct putting load on vertebrae ).

Anecdotal experience is not reliable at all.

Here is a study that shows how a load can worsen idiopatic scoliosis ( that is the less severe case and reversible ).

Even if its a transient load and not a constant one, I wouldnt recommend it.

P.S. Those workout you linked are absolute garbage: not a single indication and just no consideration of any personal characteristic, they are just there to be. No mention to squat or dead for scoliosis.

  • Common sense is not reliable at all, and that study does not state that a load can worsen idiopathic scoliosis, it states that wearing a heavy, unbalanced backpack can make it more difficult to balance while wearing the backpack. – David Scarlett Sep 12 at 0:39

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