Hey every one
5 months ago I had a microdiscectomy at L5-S1 for severe sciatic pain.
The surgery went well and the pain reduction was immediate. Before surgery my pain radiated all the way to my toes.
After surgery, the pain only went into the hips/upper hamstring area, and that pain has been slowly reducing as time goes on and nerve inflammation reduces. I must say I consider myself very lucky and have been very happy with the results of my surgery.
I walk 5 miles everyday, and recently started light jogging with no issues. I also completed a round of physical therapy
My primary concern right now is my flexibility. I still cannot bend forward more than a few degrees. Doing so sends triggers sciatic pain.
Also doing a hamstring stretch more than about 45 degrees causes a sharp nerve pain in my hamstring area.
I am wondering if this is a result of nerve damage/inflammation that will heal over time? Or perhaps it is scar tissue that is limited the mobility of the nerve root.
Should I continue trying to stretch my hamstring if I feel pain... or should I just forget about them all together until the pain is gone