I have an 8mm l5-s1 disc protrusion. Neurologist said I can have surgery or wait. It's been 9 weeks and I have had no significant improvement. I understand that being active to a certain extent is helpful for the healing of back pain. I read that walking is one of the best forms of exercise you can do. My question is do I walk and push through the excruciating pain in my butt and leg (down to my ankle) or is that a sign that I should not be walking. I do not walk far distances mainly around the block or the mailbox and back etc.
Also how can I relieve the muscles in my butt hamstring and leg to get some sciatica relief? I have just started around of Pt and have some stretches but still most stretches and exercises make my glutes and leg hurt.
Any advice is helpful, thank you