Sciatic pain and the leaning tower of Pisa

by Joe
(Cambridge, MA)

I bent over to pick something up and injured my back. As time went on my lower back got more painful. I went to the doctor and had an MRI; it showed that I have a herniated disc at L4-L5 level. My upper body is leaning to the left. I am also scheduled for surgery May 19th 2017. I do have sciatic pain worse when walking and my legs get weak and my back spasms.

Thank You in Advance.

Hello Joe,
You have two vital weeks to avoid a weak back for the rest of your life; take this opportunity to escape the knife.

The first rule in my book, if you are looking like the leaning tower of Pisa is to go to bed; every half an hour do the exercises we recommend for a slipped disc, use icepacks for pain and every hour get up and walk about; don't sit

The second rule in my book is to get that disc bulge reduced with some form of manipulation; if your pain is on the left; and you are leaning to the left, then traction won't help.

Can you raise your big toe?

I'm biased of course but my suggestion is to collect your x-rays and scans and ask your friends and doctor for the name of a skilled chiropractor in your area; preferably not to far off as sitting in the car won't help.

Whether you choose chiropractic or surgery, do our lower back exercises every morning before getting out of bed; there's no cure and it will come back, when depending on how fit you remain.

Failed surgery and failed chiropractic is the rule for those who will not discipline themselves to this routine; EVERY morning; it only takes a few minutes.

Good luck; let me know how you get on.

Dr B

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