I had a lumbar fusion for L5 senior year of high school in 2012. My spine was in such bad shape that I had to be in a wheelchair until the surgery date. My nerves were being pinched so my left side stopped working. I was told I would never walk normally again but I beat everything the doc said I might struggle with. I'm back to horseback riding and a very active lifestyle. I started weight lifting about 2 years after the spinal fusion and I know my fusion healed completely.
But, I do squat quite a bit of weight now and I wonder if I could possibly be doing any damage? I know powerlifters need to be careful because of the adjacent vertebrae from the fusion possibly slipping over time, but what about 135 ibs (smith machine) for a 120 ib girl? I had a fall recently on ice but the ER doc said everything looks fine. Just incase I've dropped the squats to 100 ibs. Is anyone knowledgable enough to know if this would cause issues? And I also have scoliocis. I'm worried that I have to give up squats. I'll be talking with the surgeon I had in a few months but im a little impatient.