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I have recently had a xray of my back which confirmed that I have chronic degenerative disc disease in my lumbar region (L4/5 discs). In May last year I started running, building up from 1 minute run/ 3 minutes walk to 50 minutes run which I was delighted about. My back pain has been with me for years and a MRI scan in 1999 showed that I had torn discs, but it has got a lot worse since having my children (who are 3 and 4). In October 08 I went to see an orthopaedic surgeon at the local hospital and he gave me about 10 minutes of his time and told me running was bad for my back and I should swim! I tried to be positve about it and went swimming a few times (which actually hurt my neck too!) but nothing comes close to running.
I don't have the time, money or inclination to join a gym, I just want to go out for half an hour 3-4 times a week. Having not run for 2 months now I feel that the psychological effects of not running are worse than the stiff back I had when I did run!! I am starting body control pilates this week which I hope will strengthen my core but I am thinking of seeing a sports physio. Basically I want a professional to tell me its OK to run!! Does anybody know of a good sports physio in the manchester/cheshire area that they can recommend?