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I injured my lower back in a spinning class on Dec 20. The pain started 4 days later radiating down my right leg into my foot. MRI showed a bulging disk at L5S1.After two oral steroid treatments, many PT sessions and Meloxicam I have no more nerve pain. My calf strength however has not returned and even after the PT sessions I have seen no improvement in my calf strength though I am much more mobile in general after the sessions. I walk with a limp and cannot run at all. (I used to run 15 - 20 miles a week and feel very frustrated with not being able to keep fit.)
Has anybody had their calf/ leg muscle strength return without surgery? If yes, how long after the incident? I am seeing a chiropractor now and he is trying a special treatment whereby he hopes the nerve will become "un-impinged." I would like to avoid surgery for fear of the pain returning but at the same time I don't want to leave it too long if surgery is the only way to get my strength back.