OK, I had no clue which discussion to put this on but oh well.
I’m 17 years old, Football Player(RB/DB), Sprinter(100m) but I haven’t done jack since my serious disc herniation. I’ve had this injury for several months. I hurt it when I was squatting one day, out of nowhere I felt it hurt.
My MRI report says that I did some pretty bad damage to myself. My L3-L4, L4-L5, and L5-S1 are all in bad shape. I have Degenerative Disk Disease in those.
So far I’ve been going to Physical Therapy for about 8 weeks. I get Spinal Decompression therapy over there. I’ve had two Epidural Steroid Injections that have helped some. I’ve also tried acupuncture and didn’t notice anything. This is about all that I’ve done, and I do plan on getting a third ESI.
With all of this treatment, I still have sciatica down my left leg when I do my straight leg raise. At my age, every doctor expected me to be healed by now. Right now I’m missing out on my SR football season that I worked my ass off for since I was 12.
Can any of yall think of anything else I could try to help this problem? Will I ever be able to squat heavy or sprint again? Is there a chance that this injury can heal after my third ESI?