My pain is worse after laminectomy/ disectomy at L5/s1 last may. After hurting myself at work and going throught all of the less intrusive treatments (meds, physical therapy, epidural shots, nerve root shots) I agreed to the surgery. Post op I went to physical therapy 3 times a week for almost 6 months. The only thing that ever helped there was traction. This is a workers comp case, so they stopped paying for it when it wasn't helping much. JOrthopedist said from the beginning that I needed a fusion, but neurosurgeon is dead set against it. Says he wont have any part of it. Now doctors involved say that I have reached mmi.... but i'm still in horrible pain. So much that if I stand or move too fast I literally pass out sometimes..... I'm tired of being on painkillers, so have weaned myself off of them I'm still left with the pain though. Now workers comp is trying to pay me out a little money.... just to wash their hands of me I think. I know something is still wrong, but mri shows nothing pressing on the nerve root any more though. I still have the lower back pain and down the back of my left leg is even worse..... PLEASE HELP-- just need some kind of hope... seems like doctors think I'm not really hurting, but I can't even stand at the sink and wash dishes..... much less support my family...... frustrated and depressed.....
There are other ways to decompress (Do a Google search). Did you try these in P/T?
1) "Static Back Position"
2) "Progressive groin stretch"
3) Have a massage professional "Release your psoas".
This is your primary hip flexor muscle. It attaches to all 5 lumbar bones .When it is tight, it puts constant compression on your lower back. So even if you decompress, as soon as you stop, the psoas goes right back to compressing your spine. So stretching will provide more LASTING results.
4) Al Meilus in Florida invented a robot which also releases your psoas.
I know people who have grown in height 1/2-1" by using this machine to release their psoas muscle.
Actually just sleeping at night by lying in a horizontal position will decompress your spine. If it does not, that means your muscles are tight. To prove it to yourself, measure your height when you get out of bed in the morning and then just before bedtime. You will find you have shrunk by 1/2 inch or so.
Just because you fall asleep does not mean you muscles automatically relax. I read that you have to be asleep for at least 4 hours before total muscle relaxation occurs and I'm not even sure about that.