A 53-year-old male asked:
should i ride a spin cycle with a bad l4 l5 or a more conventional stationery bike?
2 doctor answers
Dr. Howard Lelvowitz answered
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
Dr. Douglas Linville II answered
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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