I notice for years a drastic reduction in my mobility.
I was afraid to bend in order to avoid back pain but I think these leaded also to muscle shortening.
I remember once my therapist rose my leg while I lied down (Lasègue test) and ask me where is the pain while I was not able to move it higher. I told him that not back pain is the cause but muscles of the back of my leg. He looked puzzled with this answer.
I found a good book yesterday wrote by a spine doctor with back problems. The book addressing this problem of muscle imbalance and comes with a set of stretching exercise on 5 categories. Firsts category is for people with serious problems.
I notice that is very difficult for me to do those exercises because my very limited mobility and I am totally of balance.
Has anyone experience with these?
I had Lumbar Microdiscectomy L5-S1 surgery in 2001 that significantly improved my life but did not improved my mobility.
My recent MRI shows Significant osteochondrosis L5 / S1.
I am just thinking that these muscle imbalance is a major factor that in long run aggravate our back issues.
Of course I will ask also my doctor and I know each condition is different.