I have been expierencing lower back pain off and on for a few years. It has became more consistent so I went to a chiropractor. He did x ray and diagnosed me with a congenital fusion of l1 and l2. When it’s hurts I can do everything but bend over. Would ibuprofen help, or should I be out on a muscle relaxer when it flares up? Thanks for your input
It sounds like you have lower back pain from a disorder lower in the spine (L4-S1 area) and a congenital fusion of L1-2. These may or may not be related.
The congenital fusion may have no bearing on the lower back pain. It really depends upon how this fusion aligns. If the relationship between L1 and L2 is “normal” (no significant kyphosis or angulation), then this would not affect the spinal relationships below. If these two vertebrae are significantly angulated or mal-aligned, this malalignment can throw off the relationship of the vertebra above and below and cause premature wear.
To discuss treatment, the disorder causing the pain must be identified so appropriate treatment can be instituted.