Hi everyone -
Back in July, I started experiencing neck/shoulder pain that was eventually diganosed as a herniated disc (C6/C7). I started to get better and hurt myself again in November after trying to lift too much weight.
After months of rest, drugs and cervical traction, I finally started to get better.
Today I am feeling about 75% back to normal. I have some days where I can be fairly active, and others when even bouncing up and down slightly (such as walking down stairs) will cause discomfort in my shoulder and arm (I say 'discomfort' because it's not like the constant pain I was experiencing during the acute phase).
I guess what I'm asking is - what should I do next? I continue to do traction a few times a week just out of habit, in addition to bouncing daily on an exercise ball (a tip I picked up online from some chiropractor trying to sell a 'heal your herniated disc' course). I try to do a lot of walking and stairclimbing, and plan to try to get back to playing tennis soon.
I don't take any more pain meds or even Advil - just some Glucosamine Chondroitin and a multivitamin.
Should I see a PT or Chiro? I'd love to get another MRI, but I can't afford it.
Just wondering if anyone here has dealt with a similar situation. I know that these sorts of injuries are supposed to take "a lot of time" to heal, but I was wondering what else to expect. My main concern is whether or not I'll ever get back to 100%.
Thanks in advance!