Amare Stoudemire’s Body is Warning Him

The NY Knicks suffered a major blow yesterday when it was revealed that Amare Stoudemire will be out “indefinitely” with a bulging disc in his lower back. I’m writing today to tell both the NY Knicks and Amare that while I do believe he has back pain, I do NOT believe he has a back issue. Amare and the Knicks’ medical staff have to remember that the disc is bulging for a reason and by design. If the disc wasn’t designed to bulge…it wouldn’t. Amare’s body is simply alerting him to the fact that something is out of alignment–something isn’t quite right–and ccording to, this isn’t the first time he’s had back pain:

The 29-year-old pulled a muscle in his back during the 2011 playoffs. He needed most of the NBA’s five-month lockout to rehab the injury, playing in a five-on-five game just once during the lockout.

I can speak to Amare’s pain from first-hand experience. A lumbar disc bulge is what originally brought me to The Egoscue Method in 1995. I struggled with pain for over two years prior to finding Egoscue. I tried acupuncture, chiropractic visits, massage therapy, physical therapy, I was in a back brace for six months and I even had surgery scheduled before finally canceling it the night before. I was worn out and, seemingly, out of options.

Amare, there is hope for you, but you can’t afford to just treat the site of the pain. It’s crucial to remember that rarely is the site of the pain the source of the pain. My guess is that your hips aren’t functioning properly, resulting in an undue amount of stress on the lower back. In an attempt to relieve the pressure, the disc is bulging. Basically, that disc is trying to get the heck out of Dodge! And, just to be clear, I believe your back pain is 100% connected to your knee pain you had several years ago that resulted in microfracture surgery.

As always, we have to stay focused on position not condition. Let’s take a look:

Notice how his right shoulder is higher than his left (his jersey appears to be falling off to his left). Also, his left hip is higher than his right (the word “SUNS” appears to be at an angle, rather than level). We can’t forget about his feet pointing out in different directions.

Again on this one, notice the shoulder disparity. His right shoulder is much higher than his left shoulder here. Also, check out that foot position! Whenever I see someone’s feet pointing out to the side I can immediately make the assumption that their hips aren’t doing their job. When the hips shut down, the body can no longer stabilize with all the load joints–shoulders, hips, knees and ankles–stacked directly on top of one another. As a result, the base begins to widen out–think “Eiffel Tower”–to help find a “stable” position. As a quick test, I want you, the reader, to stand up, march up and down a few times and see where your feet point. If they aren’t pointing dead ahead, you’re headed for trouble!

Again, notice his foot position here. His feet are extremely everted which means, plain and simple, that his hips aren’t working. If the hips aren’t working, then the lumbar spine is quick to help out. The result? In Amare’s case, a bulging disc, and in my case in 1995, a bulging disc.

Amare, if you’re looking to get back on the court, return stronger than when you left, and prevent future injuries, you need Egoscue. You and the NY Knicks have a lot on the line here, and you have to get to the root cause of the problem if you want any hope of returning to your previous form.

QUESTION: What have you been told about your condition? What do you believe about your condition?