I have had a herniated L5-S1 disc pressing on my sciatic nerve for almost 2 years now. I have tried conservative methods, and they do work ... to a certain extent. However, I am seeing lots of sports people (Andy Murray, Tiger Woods, John Terry etc.) undergoing microdiscectomy procedures and playing competitive sports again. Also, I am worried of permanent nerve damage if I keep my sciatic nerve impinged for much longer.
The sciatica pain can be kept away with some stretches/exercises, but I still have localized pain in my lower back. This is manageable, and if it does flair up, the use of NSAIDs alleviate the pain. However, I would give anything to get back to 100%.
Also, worth mentioning that I believe the disc herniated due to trauma in a car accident, so not sure if it's related to posture/core strength.
With this information, is it worth me going under the knife for a microdiscectomy?
I have wrote a few topics in this forum but nobody ever replies. Please can somebody help me as I'm at my wits end.