Hey everyone, I just learned today that I have some degenerative arthritis around L5 to S1. 6 years ago I experienced sciatica, 5 years ago I was in an accident that resulted in a 5mm herniation of the disk between L3 and L4. For a year I was doing back exercises visiting the chiropractor. Once the pain subsided I went on with my life.
Recently I've been in pain for the last 3 months although still maintaining a relatively active lifestyle because I've learned to live with the pain.
I had an MRI done and now that I know I have arthritis, I am a bit worried. I am 6'2" and weigh 175 lbs. I am in decent shape, I run around a 7 minute mile, and have slightly above average muscle tone, so losing weight is not a concern. Being that I am all those things and 23 years old, how do you suggest I tackle this issue?
Yoga, Physical Therapy, Swimming, Massage Therapy, Acupuncture, Medication?
If I gain 15 pounds of muscle would it bring me back to living life without pain?