I'm 1 week and 4 days post op from micro disk.. Blah blah... I'm only 20 years of age, I have DDD in my L4-L5 which is what caused the herniation. I had a sciatica pain in my left leg. I read about recovery from pain taking weeks, and to just wait. Now I over worked my back. I didn't feel pain, then retreat. I got hurt in November 2007 moved to florida working as a stable hand 12 hour days with only 2 days off in a good month.. The job is hands on, lifting, shoveling, pulling, running, riding. I worked through that pain for a year before I finally saw the neurosurgeon. Thats alot of beating to my back. When should I start doing PT? What have people done to get in shape and maintain a strong core / back to avoid hernation? and When did you start and what did you start doing? I'm in no rush, but I plan to get back into riding again soon, and I need to make sure I don't do anything wrong to hurt myself!