I'm a athlete and trainer and injured my lower back due to training (ironic i know
) about five months ago. Went to doctor and told me it was nothing and will go away by it's own. Still had pain so went again to different doctor and told me same thing. Waited about 2 months, pain was still there and decided to go to chiropractor, who sent me to X-ray. Had to wait about 2 months for X-ray and it showed herniated disc in L4 -L5 S1. Had 3 treatments with chiropractor and he sucked, didn't help me. Went to a different chiropractor overseas while visiting friends, and he helped me. I had numbness and pain i my left leg often, and it went away after treatment. No longer pain in morning etc. I researched a lot on the subject on the internet and found out that exercise is good. Well since I'm a trainer i know all about the best exercises, and i started my own rehab training. I am pain free today and improved a lot. Can do mostly everything except leg raises. I can only raise my leg about 30 degrees, and i feel big pain in lower back. Pain when i stretch hamstring etc. So basically everything seems fine except when i raise my legs, then i feel it. So i know it's still there and not completely healed. So my questions is, since it's been 5 months already and still there. What are my options? Surgery? treatment? or still do my exercises and hope for the best? Anyone experienced same thing?
Thank you for all the answers. I am bit worried since it's affecting my job as you can imagine.