Sorry but this may be a little long winded--any help would be greatly appreciated
injured my back about a year ago doing snatch grip deads..pulled the weight about 6 inches off the floor then bam (didnt pull my shoulders back quick enough--also finally acknowledged the fact that my body is not made for conventional deadlifting (more sumo), with my very short arms yet long torso)
went to a chiro he said i did not have disc damage as my referred pain was only sharp pain in my glute med and some tingling down my calf and foot, it didnt radiate all the way down. My pain only occurred only with flexion type stuff---driving with poor posture allowing my spine to flex for extended periods--i would get a shooting pain in my glute when i got out of my car.
I continued lifting and within 6 weeks i was back doing everything heavy and hard with the only pain being some pain in my left glute.
Reinjured the back a few months later doing RDL's. Went to a different chiro and he said i had a some disc damage and had me do extension only type exercises for a month and worked slowly back into flexion. Went to a ortho got an mri---had a few mild bulges, and a mild herniation at l5-s1 with some mild stenosis. The only thing was the herniation pushed to the right-yet all my nerve irriatation is on the left leg.
Got back into training---never too heavy put limits on most lifts and did a lot of single leg movements to lessen compression----had another episode doing good mornings (not very heavy) nothing sharp but a very strong stiffness type feeling that can not be worked out or loosened and reirritated the nerve
been getting epidural shots since---they have helped some but i am no longer able to train at all and have problems at work (I am a strength and conditioning coach)
I have decided to start physical therapy to get some traction, have been taking cissus, celadrin and fish oil...perhaps looking to see if ifg-1 can help?
Core training is not really an option right now---flexion exercises irritate that disc and stabilization type exercises (bridges) cause terrible spasms (I can do a little abductor/adductor work). Flexibility is not an issue---tremendous flexibility in my hip flexors, external rotators, hams
Would like to try ART but the closest person is 90 miles away.
Will try the PT see if it helps but part of the problem is i dont have a specific diagnosis (my herniation is on the opposite side of my symptoms and have mild stenosis). I really want to get back into training and as a strength and conditioning coach it is obviously imperative to be able to demonstrate exercises,etc.
I have some nerve irritation still but a terrible stiffness type feeling in my back that can not be worked out and some pretty good spasming. Any help would be awesome---sorry about being long winded just wanted to be detailed to see if anyone had something real similar. Thanks