In the summer of 2008 i tore my lower left lumbar in a sports related injury. Ive been suffering in pain on and off for basically 5 years. I didnt see a doctor about this until November 2010. I got an MRI which showed I had arthritis and an obvious muscle tear. The surgeon i talked to at the hospital did not say much about the tear.. he only really commented on the arthritis. My back does pop frequently but the muscle tear was the much more severe problem. After seeing him he only prescribed me anti inflammatory medication and basically didn't say much else about it. I went to my regular doctor about a month later almost in tears from the pain and asked him to prescribe me hydrocodone.. So he did up until a few months ago he cut me off because he explained to me theres a growing pain medication problem in Missouri and I told him it shouldnt affect me. He said unfortunately it does and he said he wouldnt prescribe it anymore but he would tramadol or ibuprofen.. At the time I was dumb and said no because in my severe circumstances i should be able to get whatever the hell i want.. I do have a problem that doesnt need an MRI to tell theres a problem.. Its bad enough you can feel it. So anyhow just about a month ago I talked to a different doctor that told me he would make some phone calls about getting some injections that will deteriorate scar tissues.. Its been almost a month and i have not heard back from him.. I guess my problem is I just need some better direction with my problem.. I just dont really know exactly what type of doctor or surgeon I need to talk to about fixing this.. I know my body pretty well and I have doubts that an injection will fix my problem.. Its been 5 years and the tear has not healed very much at all..
I guess I just need to know what kind of doctor or surgeon would be the best person to talk to about this. Obviously the spine surgeon i talked to didnt have diddly squat to say about it. I live in St. Joseph, Missouri so if anyone knows a good doctor or surgeon that would specialize in a back muscle tear I would appreciate any help I can get.