For many spinal patients, surgery will dictate what they can and can not do in the future.
Sometimes, that may mean, just taking a slower approach to something that we enjoyed. For example, someone who was playing golf 5 days week and need to have lower back surgery.
We all know that swinging a golf club can be some strain on your back. Do you have to give it up all together? For some people YES. But there are ways to continue to play golf, yes it would have to be modified, but there are ways.
I will use myself as another example. Once I hit 35, I played in a mens over 35 softball league. I loved playing ball since I was about 5 and I was good. I started to realize that I was having more difficulties playing after 35.
By then I had already had two lumbar surgeries. I was a step or two slower, my bat felt 3 times heavier, I knew that I was no longer able to play at the level I knew I could. It was a very difficult and emotional thing for me to do by hanging up my spikes! When I looked into a mirror, I just felt I was washed up, too old to continue... sort of a little pity party. Since I loved the game so much, I turned towards coaching. I coached boys baseball, girls softball, boys hockey, girls basketball and more... I found so much enjoyment and satisfaction in doing this.
So one door was closed for me, but another one opened.
I could'nt have asked for more.
Ron DiLauro Spine-Health System Administrator I am not a medical professional. I comment on personal experiences