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laminectomyL2-L5 with fusion and diskectomy L3-L5

I had a laminectomy from L2 through L5 and fusion with rods and screws L3 through L5. I am now in Physical therapy and my therapist says that if I continue riding my horse it will wear out the joint above the fusion. I am obese and afraid I will need future fusion of L2 also. My Doctor said before the surgery that I would be able to do whatever I wanted after 6 months. Has anyone else had the therapist discourage activities or had to have further surgeries?


  • Appygirl, hi and welcome here.

    There are lots of stories here about wearing out the discs adjacent to a fusion. You are welcome to read them. They can be found by using appropriate keywords in the search function. A starting point would be to use 'failed back surgery' as the key words (without the ' ', of course : ) ) and then use variations of these words plus others you think may get results. There are a lot of doctor written articles on this site too.

    Obese - been there. I used the techniques in the weight loss forum (a post called something like 'guaranteed results') and they worked (20% body mass reduction so far). The thought of future pain caused by extra mass is my motivator.

    Sitting is real bad for backs, so I can understand that siting on a dynamic stead with jarring and additional load on adjacent discs would increase the risk of future issues. You will be the one that lives the consequences, not the doctor. Live life understanding the risks and consequences. Ask, Is it really worth taking high risks, do I want more of this pain and surgery?

    It's not just L2/L3, you can have issues with L5/S1 too.

    Take care.
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