I was wondering if anyone has gone through a similar scenario too myself at the moment, Im currently 22 years old and in November last year I had a discectomy on a herniated L5-S1 disc and a bulging L4-L5 disc following a year and a half of suffering with sciatic pain down my right. Now 10 months on following the surgery and feeling a lot better other than the rare bit of pain and occassional stiffness in my back should I sit for too long when working or driving, and am looking at returning to rugby (playing second row / flanker).
The surgeon said it takes 12 months for nerves to recover so my target was returning in the new year. I have been attending the rugby training and felt good, although I havent done any contact as of yet. I have also been regulary going to the gym (although I have completely dropped back squats, deadlifts, bent over exercises and are very cautious with heavy weight) and do daily stretches and mobility work so feeling fitter and stronger comapred to before.
If anyone has any experience returning to a contact sport any input would be much appreciated.