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DDD and Sports!

Started by Walied on 03/24/2011 12:42am

Hi everybody,
I'm 34 and I've been diagnosed with Disc degenerative condition, L4/L5 on top of a transitional vertebra. for the past 4 years or so I've been getting this severe back pain which makes me bedridden for sometime, I only take pain killer when that happens.

Is there certain type of sports that I should not be doing? I used to play basket ball for more than 14 years, but stopped long time ago since my graduation, being the only type of exercise i was doing I started to gain weight which i guess will only worsen my back situation.

I'd like to lose some weight and the gym is too boring for me, is it generally safe for a condition like mine to play sports like Basket Ball and/or Tennis?

Thanks in advance,



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Why oh why would you do sports that requires so much twisting and jumping when you have a compromised, and weak spine?I was in the same boat as you and had been pretty much confined to the house. I went on a Medifast type program and lost almost 40 lbs. Once the weight was gone I could start exercising slowly. What worked the best was deep water aerobics and the recumbent bike. After about 3 weeks of water aerobics 3 times a week and 2 days of the bike I moved up to the Elliptical and so on and so forth. Now I spin twice a week, do deep water aerobics twice a week and do the Elliptical once or twice a week for 45 mins. (A good playlist with loud, upbeat music to listen to on your iPod while on the machines is a must!!)
I cannot emphasis enough the deep water aerobics. You wear a floating belt and work in the deep end of the pool which eliminates the jarring to the spine that everything else does and it feels great even if I am the only one under 50 yrs old in the class :=)
I look at it like this, if I was not having my fusion surgery in 4 weeks I would be in PT again trying to rehab my back but it will not make my disc grow back or stop the vertebrate from hitting and pinching nerves, so I just started very very slowly just like the OT or PT would do. I will have to start back at square one after the fusion but all the work now makes recovery and getting my life back that much faster.
Hope this helps!


It does help, many thanks and wishing you the best.