Topic: Lumbar spinal stenosis and oboe playing

I’m a community oboe/English horn player and play first oboe and also English horn, as needed, in our local orchestra.  For several years I have known that I have “severe” lumbar spinal stenosis.  For a while I could pretty well control the pain with steroid injections and physical therapy exercises.  However, in the past 6 months I’ve had increasing pain when I play a lot.  By this I mean playing the 3 rehearsals and a concert during our “concert weeks.”

I’m now considering lumbar spinal fusion surgery and would like to know about experiences others have had with this as it relates to oboe playing.  More specifically did surgery reduce or eliminate the pain you experienced while playing?

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