I am new here, I have had minor issues with my lower back for around a year. I can walk pain free and go to the gym to do weights, play football etc.
However my flexibility is horrible, I cant touch my toes with straight legs, cant get passed my knees! Also cant lay on my back and raise my leg straight past 45 degrees without back pain.
I eventually got an MRI last week and it shows a large bulge on my L5-S1 area. It will be around 3 months before I get to see a specialist, as there is a long waiting list and I only have public healthcare.
Between now and then, what can I do to try to and improve the situation? I am going to take it very easy in the gym, stop playing football etc. The orthopedic lady on the phone said to be wary of Physiotherapy, and if its not improving within a few visits to stop going until I am seen by a specialist. I got the impression she felt PT wouldn't make much of a difference
I was thinking of taking up swimming and find some ways to improve core stability. I now sleep with a small pillow between my knees after reading on here.
What else can I do? Any help is appreciated.