I realize this is a complex medical issue, but I've been frustrated with my lack of progress. About two years ago I was finally struggling enough with my back pain (difficulty standing for long periods, pain when lying flat, difficulty due to pain when getting out of bed, etc) that I decided to visit a therapist and have some x-rays done. They found that I have degeneration between the L5-S1 discs. I was told that many people have this specific degeneration and that it really depends on the individual and how they react.
According to the PT, some walk around completely oblivious to it while others have major difficulties. Fortunately I have progressed to somewhere between these two camps. I can perform squats but I have some difficulty with keeping my back straight while lowering. I have reduced the weight significantly in order to perform them correctly (or as best I am able). Surprising to me is that planks, even on my elbows, are extremely difficult. I'm not sure if this is a function of simply building strength or due to the degeneration. There is some pain while doing them. Given this information, I'm wondering what people do since the general recommendation is to build strength and flexibility since there is no 'cure' for this.
Should I just be patient and keep at it? Are there any ideas of what I can expect for progress?
Thanks for any information!