I received an MRI report yesterday that confirms I have reherniated l5-s1 with a 1cm herniation, compressing the S1 nerve root. Majority of pain in left leg with minimal pain in central back.
I would like to avoid a second surgery if at all possible. My question is, when I look in the mirror, especially when in pain, I look like I have pretty major case of scoliosis. I have never had this condition but wondering if it is pain induced and if it could be increasing my pain symptoms, lessening the chance of recovery.
Any exercises or anything else you would recommend to help this?
Your scoliosis is called an antalgic scoliosis and is due to your unconscious positioning to relieve pressure on the nerve. This positioning actually reduces your symptoms. Interesting enough, even if you underwent surgery tomorrow, the antalgic curve might still be present for up to three months afterwards. The presence of this list does nothing to reduce your chances of recovery.
Please read the section under Treatments; “When to have lower back surgery”. This section pertains to you even though you have had prior surgery.
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Donald Corenman, MD, DC is a highly-regarded spine surgeon, considered an expert in the area of neck and back pain. Trained as both a Medical Doctor and Doctor of Chiropractic, Dr. Corenman earned academic appointments as Clinical Assistant Professor and Assistant Professor of Orthopaedic Surgery at the University of Colorado Health Sciences Center, and his research on spine surgery and rehabilitation has resulted in the publication of multiple peer-reviewed articles and two books.