Pinch in low left back, down left leg
Pic of MRI of low back in October
A spine doctor ordered x-ray and MRI in October, found Spondy and a couple discs with minor protrusion. Due to significant pain, family sent me to a chiropractor at the beginning of December. I have been in twice a week, once a week, and am now waiting two weeks. The pain has decreased but still pinching and radiating down my leg to tingling in my toes from the time I stand up in the a.m.
I was not told not to sit (as I read was part of healing for Mr. Volleyball), just rest. I have been sitting a lot. I have had 3 stretches to do and heat, that I do twice a day: lay flat and bring knee to chest, lay flat and bring knee over to opposite side, and lay with knees bent while pushing tummy down and curling low back.
He just added a 2 inch hip/buttock raise from this position.
I read how surgery can fail and result in no resolution. Is there anything you would recommend? Do you agree with the stretches? Should what I am still feeling be resolved by now, after around 8-10 visits? What should I expect next?
Happy birthday to me. I just turned 40, delivered 4 children in the past 17 years, and do not shy away from laborious work....until now. Help.
Nice to meet another Believer, K, that means your chiropractors has some extra guidance in his hands, whether he's a Christian or not.
A spondylolysthesis was caused by a fall a long time ago that fractured the 'pars' in your lower back; probably in early childhood when still cartilage. Nothing is going to 'cure' it. It needs care, daily exercises and some management; most of all that you do yourself.
I recommend hubby or one of those four lovely kids do the vacuuming from now on; absolutely no lifting of the grand piano!
The hardest part is not to sit; everyone finds it difficult, and yes it's important. Find a place where you can perch with your legs dangling down, feet still on the floor. Choose your chairs carefully, they will tell you which are bad, but generally just sit much less. Take regular short lie downs during the day and do the exercises.
The exercises look fine. You'll get some more difficult ones in the future.
You say the pain is lessening; by how much? In particular how much less is the pain in the leg.
The Slump test for sciatica will give you a measure of the improvement. Find it in the navigation bar at Chiropractic Help.
If the leg pain is 50% less then you can be well pleased. Just continue with what your chiropractor recommends.
Blessings, let me know how you get on, and at what level the Slump test gives pain.
If you need to pick up a toothbrush, go down on one knee.