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broad-based posterior bulges and dessication of L3-L4, L4-L5, L5-S1

alikutegaalikuteg Posts: 1
edited 06/11/2012 - 9:01 AM in New Member Introductions
Hello. I joined with hope that i can get satisfying answers for my questions. I have been diagnosed of HNP L3-L4, L4-5, L5-S1 with radiculopathy. I've been into therapy and rehab for 11 sessions, but opted to rest a while because I always experience additional pains after having the lumbar traction. My therapist tried to do it while I'm on my back, but my pelvic area just hurts after (until now), and on my stomach, but I feel that my thoracic spine gets stretched more and now, I feel like it has been injured 'coz I feel burning sensations on some portions of it.

Before the therapy, My whole back ached (with no hint if it included my spine also), down to my feet, with stubborn weakness of both legs. Now, my back muscles aren't that painful anymore, but my spine is-and it's like the thing is protruding especially when I am lying down. The downward radiating pain has also lessened. But the leg pain (including the feet) is now more intense when I am standing.

By the way, up to now, I am taking pain reliever 2x a day, nerve vitamin 3x a day and medicine to address the neuropathic pain.

Sorry for the lengthy details. Here are my questions:

1. How do I know if I am on my way to recovery? Are there any signs?

2. How safe is the traction as a decompressing therapy?

3. I've read about SI joint pain. Could I be suffering from it also?




  • hi and welcome to the forum! we are here to offer you support and answer what questions we can. i am sorry i am not able to answer most of your questions but they require a doctor's reply!! diagnosing SI joint pain requires a doctor and testing.. as far as knowing if you are on your way to recovery, i would ask you, " are you feeling better?" from your brief description if sounds as if you are not feeling well although there was improvement in some areas, there has been difficulaties in other areas now. you were probably right to stop traction for awhile if it was hurting you. this is something you may need to speak to your doctor about!! i am sure he does not want you to be doing any type of therapy that hurts you..i am sure he would want to know if you had to stop traction. good luck to you!! there is lots of informtion on the forum so have a good look around.. stop by anytime! Jenny :)
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