[QUOTE=injured betty]Anxious Annie: The stretch sounds like she is trying to address your disc issue. I read that PT should hurt. I am not happy with that, but I do it anyway. That stretch is called the sphinx. I have to get up on my hands. They went past the elbows a few months ago. It hurts. It stretches out your spine. Did she tell you to let your belly hang when you do it? That is the key. You get up there, breath out and then let your belly hang on the floor.
The reason that they want an MRI is that it might not be a disc or the nerve in that area. It may be the SI. Does the pain originate in your spine or to the side of the spine?
PT is good, but to do it w/o a specific diagnoses is kinda pointless on their part.
Your body tries to protect itself and sometimes the muscles go into positions that they shouldn't. If it hurts to do the sphinx, then you have a problem and they are trying to address it.
My Osteopath checks my pelvic alignment by asking me to do that stetch. He said that if you can't do it, you are out of alignment.
You might ask them about this. Ask them to do the leg raise test on the side that you are hurting.
The pain originates in my left buttocks actually (it doesn't even feel like it's originating in my spine or back at all). I also had torn a ligament in that area a month ago as well.
When I let my belly hang to the floor while doing the sphynx, it actually hurts my SI or whatever it is much worse. When I keep my back in neutral spine, it barely hurts at all.
And you are right; I don't know why they are speculating and not diagnosing. I cancelled my PT appts and made a doc's appt. instead to get to the bottom of it.
When I wake up in the morning, the pain is worse, probably from laying. When I stretch my legs out a lot once I have showered, it hurts, but feels good at the same time, which is weird to me.
Thanks for you input!