Re: Problems straightening leg...
[QUOTE=lindsay0515;4751157]I had an L4/L5 hernitated disc revealed on an MRI back in February. Through 9 weeks of PT, one round of oral steroids and many, many bottles of Advil, the pain is mostly gone thankfully! I have mild pain in my leg and back occasionally, but I still cannot completely straighten my leg. If I sit on the groud with both legs straight out in front of me (so I'm at a 90 degree angle), my affected leg won't straighten. There's a lot of tightness and some pain, but I've been doing a lot of stretching exercises and Pilates, but it doesn't seem to help. Has anyone else had that problem? Is something out of whack that a chiropractor can fix? Thanks![/QUOTE]
Perhaps it is not the muscle which is short but the nerve from the lumbar spine. It may have some small adhesions which cause little pain but restrict movement. A PT can evaluate this quite quickly and perhaps administer some lumbar spine mobilization with the nerve on a bit if tension at the same time.