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Conservative Therapy outcomes

AnonymousUserAAnonymousUser Posts: 49,578
I went back to see the neurosurgeon today and he "excused" me from the surgery list. YIPPEE....
He wrote me orders to go through physical therapy (to include aquatherapy) for the next 6 weeks. It also has ultrasound, massage, and strengthening listed on there.
His major concern is my foot drop issues I am having on the left side. He said the EMG indicated significant weakness on that side. If I don't show improvement by the end of Jan, he will want to do surgery.

So...here are my thoughts/questions (PLEASE post if you have any experience).. :)

Will the therapy or has it for you helped in the nerve not being pinched?
What in your experience helped the most to unpinch the nerve? At this point this is my biggest issue!!
I still wonder if traction or spinal decompression would help unpinch the nerve better?!?!? --- He said he didn't want me to do it right now though.

Has anyone had issues with the fragment from the disc calcifying? He "excused" me from surgery for now but then said next summer if an MRI shows the fragment calcifying I would have to have surgery for that.
I am trying to not look at that now. I was so excited I "dodged" one surgery for now. Maybe it's just cuz he is a surgeon?!?!?

Any thoughts / experiences would be GREATLY welcome!!!

Thanks...in the past few weeks this forum has been such a relief for me to come and read.


  • :) hi well, if you are happy i am happy for you!! =)) it is good news to be able to try and help yourself using conservative therapies and thus, avoiding surgery for that much longer. your pt can really answer your questions the best. make sure you ask and get all your answers as you move through the different therapies. you should really enjoy the aqua therapy. it is so soothing on your joints and muscles. add the warm water and it is just the best. i use only conservative measures to control my pain. =D> are you going to be using any pain medications? you might ask your doctor about that. :-C good luck and i hope you find a combination of therapies to keep you off the operating table for good! Jenny :)
  • Netmay, I have been using conservative methods to control sciatic nerve inflammation that continues after L5 S1 disc herniation and an endoscoptic discectomy in Jul 08. I have found that wearing a decompression belt (DDS model) gives great relief; also, icing / heat pad both help and continuing to do warm water exercising also helps. The inflammation can still flare if I stand very long or do too much activity. Otherwise these conservative things work well enough that I'm functional and able to work. I also take the anti-inflammatory med, Diclofenac.

    Good luck.
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  • Did you have more than one opinion for your surgery? I'm still doing conservative treatment with the pain management Dr. but not physio. Sorry I couldn't be much help with the questions you asked. Take care. Charry
    DDD of lumbar spine with sciatica to left hip,leg and foot. L4-L5 posterior disc bulge with prominent facets, L5-S1 prominent facets with a posterior osteocartilaginous bar. Mild bilateral foraminal narrowing c-spine c4-c7 RN
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