Review for Lower Back Pain

  • Age 35-54
  • Female
  • 145 lbs
  • 5' 3"
  • Los Angeles, CA
  • Injury Status Cured
  • Physical activity per week 4-8 hours
  • Chronicity 6-18 Months
  • Repeat injury? No
  • Number of Surgeries None
  • Additional Diagnosis/Symptoms Facet Syndrome/Sprain

Treatment Ratings

    Physical Therapy, Chiropractor, Stretching, Gokhale Method
    Not Improved
    NSAIDs - Anti Inflammatory drugs, Cortisone Injection, Acupuncture, Epidural

Major pain in hip and down my leg to my knee after digging in the garden. Numbness in knee. Pain medication did not help. Pain was so bad that I could not sleep. I walked with a stoop to one side, very slowly. I could not lie flat but I could be pain free when sitting. Eventually doctor prescribed Gabapentin and that reduced the pain. MRI diagnosis was facet hypertrophy. I did physical therapy for many weeks and the pain very gradually decreased. After 4 months I had a spinal injection of steroids. This did nothing and was very stressful to undergo. So I did not return for a second attempt. My pain very slowly reduced over many months. I did physical therapy exercises and started walking every day starting with 10 minutes and gradually increasing. After 6 months I took the Gokhale Method class for posture. It was very helpful. After 10 months I started chiropractic treatment which has also helped. I stopped Gabapentin after 10 months. It took at least 1 year for all pain to go.

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