I am new to the club, I wish I weren't. I had a rupture of the L5S1 about a month ago. My symptoms felt like I had a gigantic cramp in both the back of my thigh and my calf on the left side. A recent MRI confirmed there is a "rather large extrusion" of disc material. I'll be having a surgical consult next week. I have been seeing PT for the last three weeks and have made some progress. The 'drop foot' is improving and the pain level is dramatically lower. I have numbness in my left foot and a siginificant limp. MY PT is telling me that, with continued therapy, over the next 6 months I have a very good chance of full recovery. I am very acitve riding mountain bikes, road bikes, hiking and am a farmer, I'd like to keep this lifestyle. This process, according to him, will include my body "reabsorbing" all or a portion of the extrusion. He is using ultrasound to help facilitate this.
Does anyone have any experience with this? Can the body really reabsorb extruded disc material? He is very much against my having any surgery and I'd like to believe him. I am doing my best to educte myself in advance.
Thank you very much for your thoughts,