Hello, I'm new here and just wanted some adive on a couple of this. Any tips or feedback will be greatly appreciated.
I'm 30 years old and about 3 weeks ago I was Deadlifting (I'm a powerlifter) and on my last rep I heard a "pop" and felt something move in my back. I was scared but didn't feel any paid and finished my workout. Since I was in no pain I continued going to tge gym. The only thing that I felt was a discomofort on my left calf. Just to be on the safe side I went to a Chiropractor to take a look at me. He did an evaluation and he said I was fine and that it wasn't anything serious that the discomfort should be gone in a couple of days but that if it wasn't to go 1 more time with him. It didn't go away so I went again and he told me the same thing. I told my story to a friend and he suggested for me to get an MRI to be on the safe side. On my 3rd visit with the Chiro I convinced him to order an MRI (He didn't want to cause he said I didn't need it).. I got the MRI and it came back saying I had a Herniated Nucleus Pulposus in my L5/S1 (1.3CM). The Chiro referred me to a Neurologist because he said I might need surgery because of the size of the herniation.
I am in no pain whatsover, the only thing I did have is a sciatic type discomfort in my left calf which even that is gone now. I'm still going to the gym just not doing deadlifts and Squats till I feel 100% better. I'm doing Inversion Table Therapy and stretches. The questions I have are the following:
1. Is surgery really needed? Like I said I am in no pain, just feel a bit sore in my lower back but thats it. The discomfort I had in my left calf is gone. All my fam and friends are telling me Not to get it but wanted more opinions on this.
2. Will PT help this or should I say heal it eventually?
3. Should I continue with the gym? I love the gym but I prefer living pain free VS with pain.. I was going to stop but I have read many Weightlifters who healed this type of injury by continuing with the gym.
4. Any tips if what I can do to help me heal?