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aight so im 22 years old, i do gymnastics and parkour (urban acrobatics) Ive had a bulging disc now for about 7 months now ill be the first one to say it I'm young and naive and i don't know crap about this back stuff and how to get it fixed. Everytime i go to a doctor i get rushed out the door wondering what just happened. So maybe some of you guys will be able to help me out.
My mri (word to word) says slight disc desisscation with loss of disc height and minor endplate spondylosis without facet arthrosis. There is a posterior disc protrusion lateralezed to the right. there is approximately 3mm subarticual extension behind s1. The approximate dimension of the disc protrusion are 5mm x 10mm There is impingement of the traversing right s1 nerve root and potential impingement of the traversing let s1 nerve root. The approximate ap diameter of the thecal sac sujacent to the protrusion is 10 mm. There is no significant impingement of the bilateral neural foramina (i only have a vague since what all this means)
Im not in to much pain maybe about 2-4 on a scale to 1-10 all day( and the pain is more of just a bulge feeling then like a sharp pain). Ive been seeing a mckenzie style pt for about 3 months now with a little bit of success.
Just today I went and saw a chiropractor and he imidatley told me that my posture was messed up (from the pictures of what he said a good spine looks like mine looked pretty bad) now would a chiro actually help with this problem? he read my mri results and he just said they were bad, and he proceded to tell every one in the office how bad they were, which kinda sent me a warning sign that this guy just wants my money and cant really help me. But again i don't know a whole lot so maybe correcting my posture would shape me right up i donno.
So what should i do as my next step should i consider surgery ive herd of idet and other micro surgery and they sound pretty cool, or maybe stick with this chiro for a bit and see what happens i know strength training and core exercising is good so ill keep doing that. Or should i just thank my lucky stars that im not in terrible pain and just stay away from those actives (even though there pretty much the center of my life)?
Any advice for me would be so awesome it would make me sick!