I am a Family Physician in Northern VA. I was diagnosed with an unstable L2-3 disc and had to stop yoga, golf, and surfing. As a physican, I was used to sending my patients to see spine specialists, but this was my first time experiencing this type of back pain firsthand. After multiple medical and injectable treatments, I had an L2-3 fusion. One year later, I have been able to return back to my favorite activities without medication. I attribute my quick recovery in part to the strong core I was able to maintain through yoga prior to the surgery.