Our expert says:
I assume you've had some kind of rehab and advice about this? I mean, obviously those people are in the best position to advise you, and it certainly sounds like you've had some advice.
Swimming is probably the best exercise to re-introduce you to training. I know it's not great for building muscle and getting stronger legs, but given the restrictions on how you can load the spine (briefcase is the heaviest you can lift), its' the only one that you can do for now without overdoing it.
So I'd look at some kind of swimming programme as a starting point. Then continue to do rehab to improve flexibility and function, because it's not necessary to be like this permanently. That again is something to do with the people who know your case and a biokineticist who can advise and monitor. I hate to pass the buck, but it would be in appropriate for me to advise on a condition I know nothing about when there are apparently people who do know much more.
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