Had L5S1 microdisc 6 months ago. Surgeon said rupture was "huge". My recovery was slow, I had significant nerve pain and discomfort for the first 4-6 weeks. My complaint is that my calf muscle is still weak. When I stand one 1 foot, I can't lift my heel up more than a little bit. So I walk with a limp and my calf is always tight. My surgeon said I wouldn't need PT as long as I do my 50 sets of heel raises a day. So I'm doing the expercises, but I'm sore every day since I am working what few muscles are still connected by nerves.
Had EMG recently and surgeon said that nerve appears to be coming back and maybe another 3-6 months to go. My concern is that after 3-6 more months I may not have a full recovery of strength.
My question is this:
Is there anything that can be done to increase the chances of my nerve recovery?
Is it possible that my nerve is still decompressed, preventing nerve healing (even if I dont have pain)?
Any value in getting an MRI?