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Lower Back: An Update

I just had my follow-up appointment with my doctor about my lower back, two weeks from the accident.

Lower Back: An Update
That's not me, although I wish I can go back to my saddle soon. Photo by Patrick Ryan / Unsplash

I just had my follow-up appointment with my doctor about my lower back, two weeks from the accident. I don't feel any pain anymore when moving on but I am still anxious to bend down - I think it's a good thing because now I bend with my knees.

There are cases where I can sense a pain shot from the waist sides, but it subsides fairly quickly. The doctor said there's nothing that we can do about the compressed vertebrae, meaning it will no longer go back to its normal state pre-accident. What we can do is to increase my calcium intake and do some lower back exercise especially since I have not moved a lot for two weeks.

Based on the radiographic report:

There is moderate anterior wedging of T12 body.
The rest of the vertebral heights are maintained.
Straightening of the lumbar spine is noted denoting muscle spasm.
The line of weight bearing falls within the sacral promontory denoting lumbar stability.
Ferguson's angle is 37 degrees, within normal limits.

I don't know that much about the medical terms, but my understanding is that I am fine except for the compression of my T12 vertebrae. As long as I maintain a good posture and lots of calcium intake to strengthen my bones, I should be fine.

Apparently aside from milk, there are other good sources of calcium for our body:

  • Milk
  • Cheese
  • Yoghurt
  • Pancake/Waffle/Muffin
  • Wheat Cereals
  • Pita Bread
  • Corn Tortilla
  • Brown rice
  • Beans
  • Soybeans
  • Tofu/Tokwa
  • Seafood
  • Green and leafy vegetables

Good to know. I eat veggies and seafood so I should be good. Two weeks from now I will be back for another appointment and X-ray scans and hopefully all is well by then.

For now, I am still banned from cycling.

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Jamie Larson