Re: when IDET fails what can be done next
I really feel for you. I have an L5-S1 disc injury with an annular tear diagnosed with Chemical Radiculitus/Herniated Disk and L4-L5 Disk Bulge, and have sciatic pain down both legs. I also have other problems like bad knees. I first had pain in April and reinjured it badly in July, so it has been 6 months. I am seeing a good phiosotherapist who worked with an NFL team here in CA. He has helped me make it through these past 6 months. He actually worked with the doctors who developed the IDET procedure at the SOAR clinic in CA. I have been doing PT on my back for 3 months and it has helped some. My sciatic pain has calmed down a bit, and I have recieved ultrasound, stim, and ice therapy, as well as massages. I know that some PTs are worse than others, and you need to find a good one. I too have been recommend to do cortisone shots since my pain is still constant. I have considered getting this done, but due to ins and a transportation issue I have not had this done. My personal belief is that physical therapy will work but your body must heal, you must maintain good body mechnics(I currently use a back brace when back hurts, I know doc don't recommend it helps me when my knees go out, though), meaning neutral spine, you can try alternating heat and ice, just don't use heat when your back is flared up. Stretching is key in my regume if your ligaments, and back muscles are tight this creates more pressure on the disk. Also traction or decrompression is essential, I get this done at least everyother week, you can also try the Yoga Cobra move, just do everything slowly and with good form, and make sure that it does not hurt. Just some things that have worked for me. Also for sciatic pain try placing an ice pad under your buttocks on the side or my case sides that hurt this can help reduce inflamation of the sciatic nerve. Take Care I hope you will get some help as I too feel that I am too young for these problems.