i am 33 yr old male active - runner - handy man .
in august i tore the mcl on my knee. when i returned to running in the beginning of august i still did not have a full rom in my knee. this i believed lead to my back hurting during running. this soon lead to constant back pain. i stopped running. it has always been centralized to my lower back.
i tried a chiropractor for about 5 weeks. he kept telling me he though i was progressing but i did not have any reduction in pain.
i switched to a pt who has me doing the mackenzie protocol - lots of extension exercises. at first this seemed to help but now it seems like no matter what i do i am in constant low level pain. it been 5 weeks with the pt.
i dont know what to do now. i am miserable. i can do any of the activities i enjoy. i dont understand why i am not improving. i have head plenty of other orthopedic injures in the past but they always improved with time / professional help.
my questions are:
1) what do you think is wrong? why am i not seeing any relief?
2) what kind of professional should i seek out now?
3) am i being unreasonable to expect signifigant improvement by now?
4) i am not becoming super anxious and depressed that my life as i knew it is over. is this a reasonable fear?
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it would be very helpful if you could provide us with more details. so many times we read about members who have different tests and they all come back negative. the more clues and information you provide, the better chances in finding out what is wrong,
here are some questions that you should answer:
- - when did this first start?- was it the result of an accident or trauma?- what doctors have you seen? (orthopedic, neurosurgeon, spine specialist, etc)- what conservative treatments have you had? which ones?- what diagnostic tests have you had? and their results (mri, ctscan, xray, emg, etc)- what medications are you currently using? (details, dosage, frequency, etc)- has surgery been discussed as an option? (if so, what kind)- is there any nerve pain/damage associated?- what is your doctor’s action plan for treating you?
providing answers to questions like this will give the member community here a better understanding
of your situation and make it easier to respond.
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please remember that no one at spine-health is a formally trained medical professional.
everything that is posted here is based on personal experiences and perhaps additional research.
as such, no member is permitted to provide
- - analysis or interpretation of any diagnostic test (ie mri, ctscan, xray, etc)- medical advice of any kind- recommendations in terms of medications, treatments, exercises, etc
what could be good for someone could spell disaster for another.
you should also consult your doctor to better understand your condition and the do’s and don’t’s.
it is very important that new members (or even seasoned members) provide others with details about their condition(s). it is virtually impossible to help another member when all the details we have arei’ve had this for years, it hurts, i cant move my shoulder – what could this be, what treatment should i get?
diagnosing spinal problems can be very difficult. in many ways its like a game of clue. especially, when the diagnostic tests come back negative – no trouble found! then its up to the patient and the doctor to start digging deeper. the doctor is like a detective. they need clues to help them move along. so, you as the patient need to provide the doctor with all sorts of clues. that is like it is here. without having information about a condition, its impossible for anyone here to try to help.specific comments :personal opinion, not medical advice :
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