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Post fracture/fusion problems

JadnJJadn Posts: 2
edited 06/11/2012 - 8:49 AM in Lower Back Pain
Hi everyone, I'm new to this forum.

In may 2008, age 18, I suffered a bad fall and fractured verterbrae L2/L3 and L4/L5. I underwent a spinal fusion on L4/L5. For a while post surgery, I had very bad pains, and the fixtures from the fusion were removed. The doctor commented that my bones healed quite well. This helped with the pain.

Now, nearly 3 years after the accident, my posture is still problematic. Regretful to say, I spend long hours at a computer and tend to crouch my lower back. Consequently I have weak hamstrings and glut muscles.

Looking in a mirror, my lower back around L3 sort of curves outwards, instead of a relatively smooth lumbar region.

I'm not sure if it's dangerous, but I lie on a flat hard surface and with slight discomfort, sort of 'click' my spine. This reduces the curvature somewhat. In general, I don't experience severe pain, but there is slight discomfort after straightening my spine, and after walking great distances.

Please could you advise me on exercises or therapy that would help straighten my posture.

Thank you


  • hi and welcome to the forum! :H we are here to offer you suport and answer what questions we can. you really need a doctor or a physical therapist to advise you on the correct exercises.. you may need to have a diagnosis first in order to find out why your back is hurting... i am not in any way qualified to give you any such advice!! please have a professional give yourself a look and see just what the problem is if it is bothering you enough... good luck and stop by anytime! Jenny :)
  • Have you tried physical therapy? As a fellow fracture sufferer, I'll tell you that I've had more than one doctor say that physical therapy would be a life-long friend of mine.

    I found that for me, physical therapy was not a do it yourself endeavor. I needed constant feedback and was quite limited in the exercises I could do.

  • Welcome to the Board! We're friendly and caring but not qualified to give medical advice. As lulusheart said, your best bet would be to go to your doctor, who can direct you to the appropriate tests and treatment. Best wishes, and keep us posted. Essmoe
  • The last time I saw my doctor - about 6 months post operation - he said the bones healed nicely and said that I needed to keep my posture up straight. Which is what I'm struggling with. I was just wondering if anyone had a similar situation and could offer advice. At the very least, I'm sure many office workers suffer from backpain and bad posture from leaning over at a computer most of the day.

    Thanks for the replies.
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