A 53-year-old male asked:
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should i ride a spin cycle with a bad l4 l5 or a more conventional stationery bike?

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Dr. Howard Lelvowitz
26 years experience Internal Medicine
See below: I believe that says bad lumbar 4-5 back. If you have back problems you need to see your doctor. As a rule the bicycles with sit down support are better for your back. Treadmills and steppers are better for your back. If you have a lot of pai or radiation down your legs see your doc immediately if the spin cycle does not cause back pain you can use it.
Answered on Mar 11, 2015
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Dr. Douglas Linville II
29 years experience Orthopedic Spine Surgery
Whatever tolerated: Any aerobic activity you tolerate is fine. No harm is likely even if it hurts. Just experiment and find what you enjoy and tolerate best. I would expect a recumbent cycle to be best tolerated as it provides the best back support. Anything that stoops you forward will likely aggravate your pain a bit.
Answered on Jun 2, 2013

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