Our work with elite athletes serves as the proving grounds for our methods. Most people don’t play professional sports. But if our methods help athletes at the highest levels, they can work for anyone.
My back is okay, I think. The soreness I feel is minor and actually seems to decrease with time (but I’ve stopped/started squatting again so many times that it seems like I often have it, haha). I agree that it would probably be prudent to get an MRI and I will when the time is convenient.
I like your glute theory. In addition to the exercises you mentioned, do you think a switch to the low bar squat would help due to greater glute involvement? I actually used to exclusively low bar squat and never had issues/pain whatsoever. It was only on the switch to high bar/Olympic lifting that issues started to develop. I haven’t switched back out of stubbornness.
I think the ankle disparity developed once I started Olympic weightlifting and then the injury happened a few months after.