I am a 36 year old male who had microdiscectomy just over a year ago in Feb 09, I had the surgery due to a prolapsed disc (L5 S1). This prolapse caused acute sciatica and quite severe muscle atrophy in my left glute and calf, as well as numbness in the left side of my foot.
due to these reasons and the result of an MRI my surgeon sugggested to get surgery ASAP.
Its now just over a year since the surgery, and although I havent had any more severe pain in my leg, the muscle atrophy still isnt fully healed, probably at 60% of before my prolapse, my hamstring is still very tight and needs daily stretching, and my foot numbness is also still there, although again not as bad as it was before the prolapse.
My question is, before my surgery I was lead to believe that most people are back to normal in 3-6 months, and as its now just over a year I am getting quite worried that I am doing something wrong.
I exercise and stretch every day, so I don't know what else to do, a freind did suggest deap tissue massage, has anyone had this and did it work for you?
Any advice would be greatly appreciated.