I ruptured my L5 disc in April of last year, it damaged the nerve root and I have lost feeling down my shin and in my left foot. I also lost the ability to lift my foot upward and straighten my toes.
The disc itself healed during the time I was waiting to have the MRI scan, and I’m just waiting for the nerve to heal now. The specialist at the hospital told me that because I kept active following the rupture it healed more quickly. I started swimming as cardio work, and went to the gym doing a full body routine consisting of leg extensions, leg curl, chins, dips, machine pullovers, pulldowns, pec dec and chest press.
I found that bench pressing left me with back problems the following day unless I did it in a smith machine, with my feet off the floor so that I didn’t arch my back. I also try to limit the amount of spinal compression in a workout as much as possible.
I was also told at the hospital never to squat or deadlift again. I’ve found that there are plenty of ways to work out despite the injury - one leg squats can be pretty tough to do. The main thing though is to keep active to promote the healing process.
Hope you get a speedy recovery.[/quote]
If it’s herniated and/or ruptured, then stay off the deads and squats for a while.
Mine is currently ruptured post surgery (12 years). I squat light. Learn the limits just like the guy above says with regard to what excersices make the back react badly and stay away from that for a while.
Over time, you will be fine.