I have had back problems for years. I initally injued my back in the late nineties. I have had three minimally invasive micro discectamy ( minimally effective) surgeries, injections, and mutilple PT treatments.
My main problem has always been leg and foot weakness. I never really had an issue with pain.
EMG tests have indicated nerve damage to my S1 nerve. I also have atrophie in my calf muscle and permanent weakness in my foot.
I manage my "weakness" conditions mainly by excercise (treadmill, stationary bike, resistance training , pilaties, swimming) chiropractic adjustments, and massages.These steps are effective at maintaining my remaining leg strength. However I'm concerned that these steps aren't enough to prevent further nerve/muscle damage. My guess is that I'm merely slowing down the nerve degernation. I've had EMG tests but they dont produce quantitative results. I monitor my strengths and measure my calf muscle circumference.
I'm sure that the next surgical step will be Fusion. This seems extreme considering I am able to work and have no significant pain.
I'm just hoping that some less invasive disk replacement/repair solutions come available soon!
Any tips / advice is appreciated.