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Discussion: Anyone know a bit about osteoarthritis in the back?

Subject: Anyone know a bit about osteoarthritis in the back?

By: Teri d.

Written on: Saturday March 17, 2012

Message: After messing around all winter with what I thought was a back muscle injury, I finally got into a good sports doc and was diagnosed with degenerative disks in the lumbar region and osteoartritis of the back. I wasn't too surprised by the degenerative disks; have them higher up on c5/c6. I'm starting over on PT for this but I'm wondering if anyone else has some insight or experience they might share as to treatment or recovery times, etc. I want to be hopeful that I can successfully return to running.

Subject: RE: Anyone know a bit about osteoarthritis in the back?

By: Caryl H.

Written on: Monday March 19, 2012

Message: Sorry you are struggling with your back -- I totally empathize. Do you also have stenosis? I don't know much about osteoarthritis per se, but if you do have stenosis as well, there is an interesting procedure you might want to look into. It's called the x-stop.


Subject: RE: Anyone know a bit about osteoarthritis in the back?

By: Teri d.

Written on: Monday March 19, 2012

Message: At this point, I don't think stenosis is an issue but I'll look it up just to have some more education. I can't help but think several Ontriers have spine issues. Or should I say, more experienced Ontriers, not those youngsters...

Subject: RE: Anyone know a bit about osteoarthritis in the back?

By: Caryl H.

Written on: Wednesday March 21, 2012

Message: Yep, just had a microdiscectomy yesterday. Feel better this morning than I have in weeks. I may never really race seriously again, but I will finally be able to get back to the activities that I love to do. Hang in there Teri. I saw orthopedists, accupuncturists and PT's. PT's did the best to make me comfortable, but seeing a neurosurgeon with an outstanding reputation was the best thing I did. You will get through this and be back. Just keep searching for answers.

Subject: RE: Anyone know a bit about osteoarthritis in the back?

By: Teri d.

Written on: Wednesday March 21, 2012

Message: Good luck to you, Caryl and thanks for the encouragement!

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