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edited 06/11/2012 - 8:19 AM in Exercise and Rehab
My disc was ruptured in May 2008. My neurosurgeon + family physician both were recommending surgery to remove herniated portion of the disc. I spoke to 7-8 people with similar problem and they all told me that don't even think about surgery unless you are in severe pain and can not do anything on your own. I am feeling better now. I hardly have any pain in my leg due to nerve pinching. One of my foot is weak but it is slowly improving. Some part of the feet is numb (reduced sensation) but sometimes I feel that it is improving.

I do light stretch exercise at home. I walk for 15-20 minutes in the morning, 10 minutes in the afternoon and 7-10 minutes at night. I practive some yoga postures which I found from a book written by a famous neurosurgeon. I want to make my core muscles strong but I do not know when , where, and how to start. I am not sure where should I go. Physiotherapist or yoga instructor, gym or personal trainer. Since I am not following my neurosurgeon's advise recommending microdiscectomy, I am not sure who shall I ask before starting anything like this. My husband also suggested me to get a inversion table but many websites including this one suggests taking doctor's advise. I don't know what to do now. I am not on any pain medication. My back as well as legs hurt when I stand or walk for long but after taking rest for an hour or so, pain doesn't bother me.

Can someone suggest how to overcome these obstacles?
Can I start working with a personal trainer or yoga instructor without consulting a doctor?



  • rather try a spinal manipulation under anaestetic. it worked for my l4/l5 herneation. had two shots at it over a 6 month period and been okay for 4 years now. the operation is a last resort for me.
  • who does that? a chiropracter or a doctor?
  • manipulation is normally done by a NS
  • This guy has great info in his books-I would recommend his first. Geared more toward the health profession but great info on exercises.
  • I wouldnt pay $60.00 for one of his books lol.
  • I would find a really good physio. I had a terrible one, and now i think i have a great one, so ask around and find a top one. Actually, ask your neurosurgeon, I teach med students, and they are trained to not take offence if you dont take up their advice, and they are obliged to help you in whatever course of action you take.

    Tell them you want to try this first. They should have physios they recommend post surgery.

    Good luck
  • One suggestion would be to ask around and find a top physical therapist, who specialises in spinal rehabilitation and work with that person to design a program of exercises for you to strengthen your core muscles. I would not recommend a personal trainer or a yoga instructor unless they were specifically trained in physical therapy and had specific spinal rehab experience.
    Keep positive!


    ...an old timer here and ex-moderator

  • The PT I am going to specializes in the spine. All of my exercises are for supporting the spine. See if you can find someone like that. She is also having me strengthen thighs, hamstrings and upper back since they are also important to support the back.

    I had surgery twice on my disc. I agree if you are not in horrible pain it is possible to get better from a herniated disc. Mine was so bad when I would stand up for more then a few minutes the pain would get so bad the room would start to go black and I'd have to lay back down from almost passing out.

    My disc did herniate again after my second microdiscectomy. I am getting much better now physical therapy has really helped a lot. My surgeon also said the herniation can be resorbed by the body. I'm pretty sure that is happening in my case since I can walk without any pain and sit most of the time without any pain.

  • What about realigning your posture to alleviate the pain? Surgery would only stop you from all the activities you are already doing.

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  • Jess you write- "Surgery would only stop you from all the activities you are already doing."
    that isn't true at all just your opinion.
    Most people go back to leading normal lives after surgery. It sounds more like you are interested in promoting yourself instead.

    Chocolate- if you dont feel bad enough to need surgery then dont have it. You know if you need it believe me.
    I agree with seeing a good spinal physio and I would also suggest that you ask the physio or surgeon about pilates. I know that my physio recommends it to a lot of her patients because it really focuses on core stability.

    ALso with personal trainers, I would suggest that if you were to get one, find out how mush medical knowledge they actually have. I discovered that in Aussie it is a 6 week course with basically no anatomy covered. So I would never see one but it may be different in the US.

    Hope it all works out for you.
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