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Posted by: Odette | 2010/02/23

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Degenerative Disk Disease &  Zumba Workout

I had a lower back operation in Nov 2008, due to a pinched nerve, and the specialist informed me that I have what is called degenerative disk disease. The operation was a success. My physio told me that I would need to strengthen my back and stomach muscles. She also told me that I am not aloud to dance. Is this true?

Also I would like to know, with my current condition would it be a good idea for me to do a Zumba workout class or not? Since Zumba is a cardiovascular workout, but mostly incorporates latin dance moves that target the lower and upper body. I''m currently doing a tae-bo class and a hip-hop Abs class. After the class my lower back hurts, but the next day I don''t have any pain and I am fine. Or will doing this only be harmful to my back in the long run?
I don''t have any back problems now, except for the occasional lower back pain every now and then.

Could you please advise me as to what to do?

Thank you
Odette

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Expert ImageOrthopaedic Specialist Forum

Dear Odette,

you did have an operation on your lower back and your attitude should be that you are thankful that it was a success - as you might know not all back operations are that good. You obviously had a surgeon who did a good job and he would be the best one to judge what you should avoid to give you the best longterm duration of a pain-free spine. There are different types of operations and each one would require a different type of care and caution

Regards,

Dr Joe de Beer

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Posted by: Orthopaedic Specialist Forum | 2010/02/23

Dear Odette,

you did have an operation on your lower back and your attitude should be that you are thankful that it was a success - as you might know not all back operations are that good. You obviously had a surgeon who did a good job and he would be the best one to judge what you should avoid to give you the best longterm duration of a pain-free spine. There are different types of operations and each one would require a different type of care and caution

Regards,

Dr Joe de Beer

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