that is already beyond repair? Before I had my accident and broke my back (shattered L-1 and broke L-2 in to 4-5 pieces), I had been under the care of a spine surgeon and pain specialist for a bad disc. The L-4 L-5 was torn, leaking, totally black on the MRI. I had put off surgery. Then I had the accident and for obvious reasons, ignored the bad disc. A few months ago I did something that blew out what was left of the bad disc. Due to problems with the hardware and major muscle loss, I need to have part or all the hardware removed. The vertebrates are almost fully healed. The question is, if I work through the pain to try and build up muscle in my back, can further damage be done to a disc that's already beyond repair? I lost my insurance 2 weeks prior to my accident. Has anyone had a bad disc improve with building up the back muscles? Any suggestions on at home physical therapy?
Hi Chris, There isn't another person I would like to help as much as you, unfortunately I know very little about the back and spine. I only had two spinal taps in my whole life and I was scared shitless both times. One was to remove my son as he was taking up residence in my womb, just had no intrest in coming into the world! Then I had one for an incarcirated femoral hernia which had strangled off most of my lower intestestines and they were gangrened. They had to go! To me it would seem that building up muscle would help if you say the disc is beyond repair, do you mean it no longer sevices your spine whatsoever? If that is so I don't see why their would be a problem. You know I am far from being even a candy striper in a hospital, As a human being with genuine concern I would say ask your dr. As a human being and your freind I say lots of prayers for you ( but still ask your Dr.!) Hope I helped even a little Fall Queen
Getting your back and stomach muscles in shape does a great deal in helping back problems. Overweight people suffer more then slim people with back problems as their muscles are out of shape and don't help support the spine. So, absolutely you should be getting your back and stomach muscles in shape no matter what size you are. The disc would have had you in emergencey surgery if it was leaking unto nerves ect so you don't have that to worry about... don't forget to walk a couple times a day... Dave
The best thing you can probably do is strengthen you abdominal muscles they help hold your back strong and in alignment, that is what I was always told when I had to have a total of five back surgeries but I would definately talk to the surgeon first before starting any exercises, some could help but some could make you worse too. Please be careful with your back, it is no fun if you can't walk--- one of my surgeries I believe it was the last one I was in a wheelchair for three months and using a special van service to get around. I am not saying you will end up that way but be careful with the back it is your foundation of your body. Good luck with your surgery I will be thinking of you when I say my prayers.
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