Re: herniated disk
Welcome to the board.
I would suggest you make an appointment or get a referral to a spine specialist. This can be either a fellowship-trained orthopedic spine surgeon or a neurosurgeon whose practice is limited to the neck and back. Get a copy of your MRI and take it with you to the appointment. These are the two specialties that have the most education and training in the mechanics and diseases of the spine, and I feel it is best to start at the top and get a diagnosis...and then work from there.
One of these doctors will look at your MRI and will correlate those findings to what is found on physical exam, a basic neurologic exam and after hearing your description of how this impacts your day to day life.
You don't need to be concerned about being rushed into surgery. The doctor will try conservative measures, with surgery being a last resort. You will probably be referred for a course of physical therapy. (and typically a series of ESIs, but since you can't have them, they will think of something else to address inflammation, etc.).
Vertebral subluxation is a chiropractic term, and I'm not sure what was meant by it. Do you know if the MRI showed a spondylolisthesis (retrolisthesis or perhaps anterolisthesis)? This is a condition (often found at L4-L5 or L5-S1) where one vertebra slides over the top of the adjacent one. It can contribute to an instability at the spinal segment which can result in a "pinched" nerve.
I can suggest a book to you that might help with your discs...but if you have a spondylolisthesis, the exercises should not be done...so you may want to wait until you meet with the spine surgeon.
Last edited by teteri66; 06-13-2013 at 03:14 PM.