Hi, I'm awaiting the results from my MRI but after receiving osteopath treatments for he last four weeks I appear to have a similar problem. My L5 is possibly prolapsed or significantly degenerated with a couple of others showing signs of degeneration too.... The osteopath has helped no end and what with all of the stretches and core work that she has prescribed I'm starting to see a light at the end of the tunnel. Incredibly frustrating, I've not been able to run in about 3 months now!!
I've now been given the do ahead for gentle gym work, ie yen minutes in the cross trainer, stretches and then ten minutes on a bike as I've got lots of strength etc to build up again.
It's taught me how weak my core was and how Vital your core really is!
Good luck on he recovery guys...
Is give Birmingham runner a go.... They were brilliant for me and totally sorted out my knee pain. Just by walking into the shop the guy there thought I was in the wrong shoes and I hadn't even stepped foot on the treadmill!
I'm on an identical boat, but mines been since early July. The exact stiffness in the lower back and right blithe that me sound like an 80 yr old when bending over in the first hour after waking up! I've spent good money on two quality osteopaths and two sports physios bit am seeing my gp tomorrow morning. Quite literally a bloody pain in the arse!
Do you stretch your hamstrings after running? I'm a notoriously bad stretcher and having had a coupld of physio sessions in the last few weeks for problems with my glutes and hamstrings its something I've been told to work on! I think many runners are lazy when it comes to stretching, I certainly was!
Great swim thanks cinders, nobody else in there at all so very peaceful! One thing good about the lack of beer is that the torso is already feeling trimmer! So are people on here abstaining entirely or just trying to limit their intakes? I move house on Friday so it's going to be a mad week here