I had a micro-d 17 months ago. More than half the L4-L5 disc was removed. 5 days post-op, my disc herniated again. Since then, the verterbral space has lessened since the disc has collapsed. It is in position to impinge so of the nerves, but it is a mild herniation. I've got some mild facet hypertrophy at L3-L4 and L5-S1 as well as moderate hypertrophy at L4-L5 and some moderate ligamentum flavum hypertrophy at that level as well.
Having said that, I had been doing well with some facet pain here and there. I had a false move recently and have some leg pain which will be identified tonight with an MRI. Here is my question:
How does one get strong in the core and back in order to strengthen the back and to help support the facet joints so they don't do all the work.
I enjoy baseball, golf in the summer. So how do I get back to being able to jog, play some light sports, activities? What would you recommend avoiding doing? What exercises would you do in my situation?
Any feedback is appreciated, but please only positive comments. If you're going to tell me that I'll never return to how I was, I don't want to hear it. :-)