I'm new to the site and looking for some help. Like most/everyone else on this site, my passion in life is my horse and riding. I can't imagine life without riding. I had a major back injury 2 yrs ago after falling off a horse. At the time of the accident, I was told I needed a multi-level fusion, which I vowed I would never do and ended up hoping that a minor surgery would solve my issues. It didn't help and I have exhausted all other treatments and options. I have come to the conclusion that it's finally time to break down and have the fusion. I just can't live in this much pain constantly any longer and I have far too many years ahead of me to live like this for the rest of my life (I'm only 36). I still ride as often as I can but that's becoming less and less and the downtime I have after a ride because of the pain is getting more and more. I'm terrified of the fusion but I see no other way around it at this point.
Has anyone out there gone through a lumbar fusion? If so, what is your ability to ride after you recovered? What difference(s) have you noticed in riding post-op? Can you still twist your torso/waist? How long before you were back to riding?
Thank you very much for reading!!
BTW, if it helps, my fusion would be between L4-L5, L5-S1