An X-ray and MRI showed a left lateral bulge in my L5-S1 disk indenting the left budding nerve root. I was in traction for the first 3 days with some medication and a cortisone shot. Today is day 5 and I've had significant reduction in pain with this treatment. I have slight pain when i lay down and lift my left leg straight up and some soreness throughout the day.
I have been told to rest my back as much as possible for the next few days. I'm curious about the healing process:
1. How long should I expect the soreness to last?
2. How long does it usually take the bulge to subside and the disk to heal?