Im a 20 year old female who plays Division 1 college basketball, which involves intense practicing everyday and a free weight lifting program. I'm am also a post player so I get knocked around a lot. When I was entering my junior year of high school, I was diagnosed with a Grade 1 spondy, which caused a lot of sciatica, hip pain, and a curved spine. I dealt with the pain all through high school and my freshman year of college. I tried physical therapy and seeing a chiropractor but nothing seemed to truly help. The summer before this year I also had to sit out for 3 weeks with summer workouts because of my back. I took and MRI and I also had a bulging disc on top of it. It is now my sophomore year and for about one month, I have been sitting out. In my last practice, the pain got so bad in my back and down my legs that I became too tight to even get up and down the floor. I cant bend over for loose balls either. Now even a month later of 0 to light activity since, simple motions still cause terrible pain such as throwing a pass to my teammates during their drills. I can't sleep at night and the pain is so bad, even without basketball.
One doctor told me I should stop playing and another said I could do it if i want. Its not that I don't want to but I dont want to cause more damage and i need to control this intense pain. Im getting a steroid shot in a few days and im hoping that works for a bit. But in terms of highly competetive division 1 basketball, I'm not sure if I can do it. Is anyone else play on a collegiate team or do intense daily workouts with the same or similar problems??
I just want to be able to play basketball with my kids some day and i need to think about my future. But is this the end of basketball for me?
any feedback is apprectiated