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sciatic pain due to L4-L5 disc buldge on the foot and big toe

Hi All, i have had sciatic pain 15 yrs ago on my left leg due to L5-S1 disc prolapse. When it initially struck i couldn't move, but good physical therapy and rest cured me and I started living a normal life(no ability to run for ever though and i didn't attempt it). While I have been disciplined with exercises, I did start to see acute low back pain in last 1 yr (with no sciatica) and my L4-L5 was found prolapsed by 5 mm. Further traction(manual traction for 2 sittings and mechanical traction for 1) and manipulation worsened it such that i couldn't move my right leg(sciatica set in on my right foot) . few weeks later, i still see a lot of pain on my right foot(tingling and numbness) and inability to make my right toe show much strength. my doc says no or mild PT, and lots of rest. My PT (sorry to say) does seem lost! Anybody who has faced this? if yes, how did you get better, what therapy/ exercises were used? Would spinal decompression help (given that traction made sciatica happen)? Would acupuncture help? i was told aqua therapy will help ? any feedback from people who have been through this?

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  • Doug HellDoug Hell Posts: 335
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