dustingfab post=1901 wrote: Thanks for the clear explanation Dr. Corenman. So a fusion regardless of location of the spine replaces pain for stiffness. And with stiffness, a person would need to change their lifestyle and level activity.
I can totally see that. I have adopted a flat back program as Dr. Corenman had mentioned to me a few months back. Although I do some hip flexor and floor hamstring stretching, my area around the L5 and probably l4 are stiffer. Basically I have not bent over really, I’ve just been kneeling, squating down if I have to bend over. I can feel if I try to tuck my pelvis upward, that it’s stiff in the l4/l5 area. Stiffness for a trade off of pain, probably not such a bad thing.
My biggest issue is if I have to bend over, or lift something heavy, my low back gets knotted up with muscle spasms, cause it’s trying to hold everything together, that’s the part I am disgusted with.