I was diagnosed with 2 stress fractures found after an MRI scan at the beginning of summer 2014. it is believed to have happened around a year and a half ago and I played a hole year of rugby on it, making it worse, unaware of the damage and the problem. I was told to have 3 months complete rest avoiding any extension activity, putting weight through my spine, and any pounding activity. I was then told to come back for a re scan to see how it has done, I was told that both brakes were healed and I could return to physical activity slowly, the plan to return went something like: week 1 running, core, light extension exercises and light back work. Week 2: sprinting, harder extension activity, un weighted squats and dead lifts, and I played some touch rugby. week 3 (where I am nearly at now) : any gym work on my lower back depending on how it feels, getting back ready for contact rugby etc. week 4: should be the last week of rehab, contact rugby, all gym exercises, all going on how it feels. and at the end of the week my first return to rugby with a low standard school match.
I am constantly worried as to what my back is doing. I am working very very hard with my recovery and strengthening it up, but it goes through stages of pain, admittedly not the pain I felt when it was broken, but a different pain. I have been told this is just my back getting used to hard exercise again and its normal, but its very stressful and some definite reassurance would be massively appreciated.
my goals is to become a professional rugby player and don't want this to hold me back. I am 15 nearly 16 and play for bath u18s and am involved in the England development program for u16 and hope to represent England mid way through next year.
But of course this must get better first. I am following the instructions given by my consultants and physio but I am still slightly worried that the slight pain might be the bone rather than the muscles getting back into things!?
Sorry I've written so much but I just want to get as much info through as I can to give you a clearer idea.
If anyone could get back to me that would be hugely appreciated!