Originally Posted by NOTARPilot
I had a discectomy L4-L5 in 1999 at the age of 22 after blowing out a disc weight lifting. I got hired in 2005 and had no trouble passing medical and have been fine since. It all depends on how well you heal and maintain. The key to overcoming back problems are to maintain core strength (most important) and be smart about not over stressing your back (ie. proper lifting techniques, low impact exercise etc.). Chiropractors do wonders as well.
That's really good to know, thank you very much. I had a microdiscectomy on the same level as you. I am finishing my physical therapy in a couple weeks and I have been learning a lot of exercises that strengthen my core. They also taught me proper lifting techniques which is really important. May I ask what region in California you got a job? And are you police, sheriff, CHP?