I'm 2 years removed from a L4-L5 discectomy and my back feels good as long as I stay on top of stretching and PT exercises. I play in a volleyball league where we play 3 matches per night. There's about 30 min between matches during which time my back stiffens up significantly and makes me very immobile. I've tried to keep stretching but to no avail. The only way I know that will ease the stiffness is to ice it...but then I need to loosen it back up again before I play.
I have a tournament coming up where I'll be playing 3-4 matches with about 30 min breaks in between each. Does anyone have any advice for me to help avoid my back stiffening during breaks?