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Congenital L5-S1 fusion.



Due to lower back pain I had taken X-Ray in 2003 which suggested fused L5-S1. it is congenital. I am 35 years old. Since then I have chronic back ache. I do back extension exercises with physiotherapist. Some muscle strenghthening exercises, but since last 8 months 24x7 i have lowerbackache. My spine doctor says it`s because of your fusion and continue with your exercises. But I am fed of this pain as not even a day is painless. Offen there is spasm in that area. What shall I do? Kindly suggest effective exercise? Thanks.


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David J Hart, MD David J Hart, MD
Associate Professor of Neurosurgery
School of Medicine
Case Western Reserve University