I am 29, in good shape, lifelong athlete. I have a herniated L4/L5 that I hurt doing box jumps at a Crossfit gym. Severe back pain, unable to move, sciatic pain in right leg. This was about one month ago.
(Also, when I was 18, I herniated L5/S1 and was in severe pain (back and sciatic) for about 6 months).
This time around, I have tried physical therapy and chiropractic, and have not had much pain relief.
I stopped going to physical therapy and chiropractic, and began light weightlifting - mainly kettlebell squats and kettlebell deadlifts, as well as planks and regular swimming. This has given me some pain relief. Although this has worked for me, I know that it can be dangerous for other members of the forum, depending on their injuries.
I was wondering - has anyone on this board had success in pain relief and healing for lumbar disc herniation using deadlifts/squats, or any other forms of weightlifting or active exercise? If so, please detail what you have done.