So I herniated my L4-L5 disc. The herniation is minor in nature and the doctor feels that it will heal with rest. He does not want me to do anything that loads my spine for 8-10 weeks. What can I do to work my legs over the next 10 weeks to work my legs without loading my spine. I work out in a home gym so I am limited on equipment that I have access to. I was thinking of pulling a sled, walking, using my lifting belt low on my hips. That not load the spine. I also that about limited range of motion leg press.
Any other thoughts or ideas?
-original injury was a small pain in my lower back but no pain there now.
-I have tingling in my foot where my toes connect to my foot
-If I sit for more than 20 minutes the outside portion of my calve feels like it is on fire.
-I have what feels like a huge knot in my piriformis muscle.
-All symptoms are worse in the morning. The more I move throughout the day the better it feels.
EDIT: I do have a reverse hyper machine.