Hello, I've been suffering from a "massive" L5/S1 disc protrusion for the last year and have had terrible pain, neurological changes and weakness throughout this time. I saw a surgeon earlier this week who recommended a discectomy, I'm swaying towards having this just to try to escape the daily pain I'm in (although I realise that this is only really a quick-fix and not a long-term benefit). The surgeon also commented that the tone of the muscles on my back was "shocking" and that this is due to deconditioning. He said that I am likely to have trouble with my back for the rest of my life- at 27 this isn't news that I want to hear! Spurred on I bought 8 Steps to a Pain-Free Back, which arrived yesterday. I've been reading it and practising the techniques avidly- I tried sleeping as described in the book last night and woke up with much less pain and stiffness for the first time in months!
What I was wondering is that given the deconditioning of my back muscles, should I first work on building these up with additional excercises and then trying to implement the lessons so as to have a stable point to work from or should I try to increase the muscle tone and do the exercises simultaneously? I want to make sure that I get the back muscles in good condition as this should help my disc and back problems now and in the future. From what I've read deciditioning is common in people with long-term disc problems so this is likely to be helpful for many people with disc problems to know.
Thank you very much,