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Old 07-12-2006, 08:37 PM   #1
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osteoporosis and L4/L5 disc degeneration?

Does anyone else have severe osteoporosis, as well as L4/L5 disc degeneration? I am having pain in the coccyx area that is being blamed on degeneration in the L4/L5 area? I am being told that I would not be a good canditate for surgery, because of the osteoporosis problem. It has been recommended to try trigger point injections in the area. I have also been given a prescription for physical therapy. Has anyone had good luck with physical therapy?Thanks, samsunset

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Old 07-12-2006, 08:54 PM   #2
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Re: osteoporosis and L4/L5 disc degeneration?

I have some of the same problems. Osteopenia, and some disk degeneration, and also arthritis in the L4-L5 joints, as well as spondlylolithesis, so I can relate to your pain and dilemma about surgery. My doctor only uses hardware, and I just have no faith in hardware being inserted into bones that aren't sturdy, so it's a big problem. Surgery isn't something to rush into at any rate.

About the PT, I tried it for 6 weeks and it was helpful I believe and if you can afford it and the time, I would say give it a try. I try to do daily stretches and walks and keep as flexible as I can.
Hope this helps. Best wishes

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