This post is actually about my wife. Really long story short, she has always had lower back pain but last November she had to have surgery on her ankle due to a ligament tear.
Now her ankle is great but experiences significant low back pain. It’s excruciating pain at worst and very irritating at best.
The orthopedic surgeon had a cat scan done (has MRI scheduled to see if any other discs affected) and she has a disk that is really bad (L5 I think) and has degenerative disc disease. On a 1 to 10 scale, 10 being the worst, the ortho said it’s an 8. He said it would never improve and she has 3 options…
Learn to live with the pain (since she’s only 33 that’s a lot of pain to look forward to)
Have it fused (sounds like a horrible idea to me)
Have the disc replaced (this is a new procedure).
Any thoughts out there on possible rehab or other options. We’re both active bodybuilder types and this condition really sucks.
Thanks for any advice.