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12-03-2013, 09:42 AM
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Bulging disc and annular tear, anyone?

I'm 32 and relatively healthy. Two years ago, I pulled my back out for the first time ever while bowling and it was so bad that I couldn't breath without paralyzing back spasms. Since then, I've pulled my back out a few more times but never as bad as the first time. I always have a dull pain in my lower back but nothing I can't deal with.

About 4 weeks ago, I turned the wrong way during a game and instantly felt the snapping sensation and knew it was a bad one. I got xrays and an MRI which confirmed that I have a bulging disc in L4/L5 and an annular tear.

I was wondering if anyone else has dealt with this and what the prognosis is. As much as I love hockey, playing on two beer league teams, my wife is not too pumped at the prospect of me not being able to bend or move for a week or so every few months.

The doctor's only advice was to strengthen my core and said it might get better, it might not, and that the annular tear will never heal. Am I looking at a lifetime of hockeylessness?

Any suggested treatments? Inversion table therapy, etc.?

Thanks in advance.

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