Review for Lower Back Pain

  • Age 35-54
  • Female
  • 155 lbs
  • Menlo Park, ca
  • Injury Status Cured
  • Physical activity per week 4-8 hours
  • Chronicity 18+ Months
  • Repeat injury? Yes
  • Additional Diagnosis/Symptoms Sciatica (pinched nerve, radiculopathy), Degenerative Disc Disease, Herniated disc (bulging disc, disc protrusion)

Treatment Ratings


In Spring 2006 I was injured playing basketball. While painful at first I didn't think anything was permanently wrong. Took Advil daily for about 4 weeks and just suffered through it, even carried my very heavy son around and dealt with it. In August that same year I knew something was wrong. Visited a Chiropractor who asked me if it was painful to sneeze. Had no idea how to answer. He gave me stretching exercises which were painful but helped strengthen my lower back. Then one day I sneezed while driving and the pain was so sharp and intense I had to pull over. I had ruptured a disk. One of many more to come. Urgent care X-rayed my spine nothing. They administered muscle relaxer which made me feel great. The urgent care doctor also prescribed Vicoden which was not properly administered by me and I felt great. All this masked that many of my disks were damaged in the lower lumbar region. Finally saw an orthopedic surgeon who ordered MRI and showed me the scans and suggested surgery which would take care or provided me the alternative of swimming. Swimming changed my life. Not a little but every day 30 minutes. It was the hardest thing I did. It was painful to put on a swimsuit much less kick my legs. But I did every day for at least 30 minutes. This cardio stated breaking down the herniated disks that were applying pressure to my sciatic nerve. About 8 months later I returned to have another MRI. The doctor was shocked my disks that had been applying pressure to my sciatic nerve were gone!! I saw about 6 days a week 30 minutes at first then gradually 60 minutes a day 5 times a week minimum.

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