I hurt my lower back lifting weights when I was 19 years old - found out a year later that I had a herniated disc in the L4-L5 region. I tried PT, went back to lifting weights and being in my 20's was pretty stupid about it and didn't really take care of myself the way I should have. I have continued to have back pain and now I am 33 years old. I am an avid tennis player and my lower back pain really affects my playing and stops me from playing many times. I have tried every conservative treatment - PT, Chiro, decompression therapy, acupuncture, Mackenzie stretches, core strengthening, electrostim, ultrasound. Nothing has worked. I do not have pain radiating down my leg (sometimes I will feel it slightly in the front of my leg - but nothing serious) - but the lower back pain can be unbearable - ie not able to stand upright and intense pain. I started researching Microdiscectomy and a lot of what I am reading says it alleviates pain in the legs, but minimal in the back. Can anybody help me out here? Do you think it will help me? Is there anything else I should try first? I just had shoulder surgery for a torn labrum (I'm a mess...I know) so haven't played tennis in quite a few months, but am still in pain. I am new to these forums and have basically reached the pinnacle of my frustration as I am unable to live my life the way I want to because of the back pain and looking for any guidance or help anybody can provide. Thank you so much!