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multiple herniated disc; straight lower spine no curve; please help

i am a 22 year old police officer.  I for some unfortunate reason have a bad back at this early age.  I used to be a very active person; running 3-5 miles per day. but for the past 6 months I have had horrible static nerve pain at the L4, L5 level.  In april I was chasing an offender and I jumped some rather high fences and this made the problem much worse.  So about a month ago I had a microdiscectomy surgery (check spelling) and the the pain from the L4 and L5 is pretty much gone.  however, I have starting going to a physical therapist and he seems very concerned with my MRIs.  he was explaining to me that my disc are all in horrible shape because my lower spine is too straight and there is no curve to absorb the shock.  so I was wondering if anyone knows of any other surgeries or manipulations that I can do to try to restore this curve to my spine.  I am desperate to get this problem fixed being that I am so young and want to advance in my career but this spine problem obviously scares me.  please any help at all will greatly be appreciated.  



  • ChooverCChoover Posts: 50
    edited 08/23/2018 - 10:04 AM

    Hello there! I am not a doc so (of course please take what I say with a grain of salt. In my line of work we help several police officers who suffer from injuries commonly. The service that you and other police officers provide are often overlooked so thank you for what you have do!!! I have a herniated disc, degenerative discs and 3 bulging and going through conservative treatments. The only suggestion I can give is to get connected with your spinal doc and work and listen with them closely along with any recommendations that you agree too (physical therapy ect). I am praying for you and hope you find relief from pain soon.

  • mgranados2mmgranados2 Posts: 5
    edited 08/23/2018 - 1:17 PM

    Hi there. Glad you shared today. Immediately, is say check with your spine specialist. That's step 1. And because the surgery is fresh, your physical therapist should help quite a bit. I had a herniated disc heal on its own but it wasn't like the bottom of my spine was straight, so that helped with my healing time.  Here's how I went about treating my own herniated disc, and maybe this might help: 

    There are many ways to go about it, but in your case it sounds like working on your posture would be #1. I'm hoping everything gets better. Please let me know if you have any questions. I'll be glad to help.

    Edited by Sandra to remove an outside link 

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  • memerainboltmemerainbolt IndianaPosts: 6,393

    hello kevinhny12!
    welcome to spine-health

    thank you for all of your dedicated service as a police officer!! i was wondering what your doctor had to say about your mri? did he offer any options beside pt? like choover said, work closely with your doctor and go by his orders.

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