In 2013, I was in an accident that fractured several vertebrae and my parents (I'm 22 and was unable to make the decision due to brain trauma) made the tough decision to go through with the spinal fusion to ensure that my back would heal properly. The fusion was posterior which meant they had to sever some major muscle groups in order to preform the operation. My muscles should be healed at this point, but I still struggle with inflammation that causes serious pain and it even feels like the ends of the rods are being pushed into my muscles and skin because they become much more prominent and sensitive. My doctor put me on steroids at one point, but they didn't help a ton and it's not worth the weight gain anymore now that it is less frequent. My question is, can anyone offer some advice or suggestions for reducing muscle inflammation when it does occur and/or ways to prevent it from happening? It usually only occurs when I'm active or standing for several hours at a time, which isn't great for my ability to preform at work. I'm not sure if I should try to strengthen those muscles, or if there are any other possible options.