I am new to the forum and have a question. It will take me a while to get to the question -- but I will be as brief as possible.
I have grade 2.25 - 2.5 spondylolesthesis, which means almost a 50% slippage of a vertabral body in my lower back. This causes parts of bone to be pressing against nerves running to my legs. This is an old injury, going on 15 years now and have also worn away the disc below it entirely. The first 2 years after discovering that I had this situation I quit playing sports entirely, sat on the couch, got fat, sad, and full of pity. Needless to say my condition went from bad to worse. It even became difficult for me to do my own grocery shopping. I slowly fought my way back to the point of being able to play Tennis 3-4 times per week for as much as 3 hours at a time.
The trouble is my movement on the court is designed sub-consiously to protect my lower back. I move very upright, with the legs doing a lot of work to dampen shock and this has resulted in a partially torn achilles tendon and a partial tear in my one of my knees. I know that in some cases, long term sciatic pain can lead to "focal wasting" or muscle loss in the legs. Is it possible that my sciatic pain is somehow contributing to my slow recovery with my knees and achillees issues?
I've not asked my podiatrist and knee Docs this question because I always feel rushed at my appointments, and the question sounds kind of kooky coming out of my mouth.