Hello, I did a quick search, but couldn't find a thread specifically on this topic.
I had a microdiscectomy on Dec 21 2009 for L4/L5. I was having sciatica down the left leg, hamstring area.
My recovery is going fair. Much better than before surgery where I could barely walk, but still feeling tightness in low back mostly, sometimes in the old area.
I've done PT, first was in network and terribly overcrowded, then found a guy out of network one on one. He's gone pretty conservative with just stretching.. soon we're doing core strengthening
Anyway my question concerns running. I was a pretty big distance runner beforehand, and am itching to get back. I've been on the elliptical plenty and have started fast walking on the treadmill, and it doesn't seem to be affecting anything. Before surgery and when I was just having back pain and not sciatica, running actually seemed to loosen things up and make me feel better. I'm not sure if perhaps it had a bad long-term affect.
If I go out slow (1 mile at first, then more) and don't feel any immediate regression, is it recommended? I'm know it may be best to wait until all tightness is gone completely but if I can do this I want to
My PT thinks it okay as long as go slow at first and stop if I feel it acting up. Thoughts?