Category Archives: Author’s Back Injury

Back Injury Disability Followup

It’s been about 2.5 weeks since I had last posted. I have been going to physical therapy 3 times per week and had received an epidural injection in the L5 S1. The pain in my left leg and foot is about 60% better, but I still have chronic pain in my lower back. My thoracic back still gets tight and fatigued if I stand up for too long.

I have been doing a lot of resting and light walks around my neighborhood with my wife and daughter. I’m sort of using the stroller as a hidden walker to support my thoracic and lumbar. It’s almost embarassing that I need to take periods of sitting down or I will start getting more pain, muscle tightness, and fatigue. At physical therapy I’m using their equipment to try and strengthen my core muscles so I can support myself better when walking around.

I also bought a massage chair at PC Richards for $800.00. It definitley was worth the buy and helps a lot. I’m trying to stay positive and use any tool that I can to help my situation.

Chiropractor Bruised My Spine

I have been dealing with herniated lumbar disc issues for several years now. I manage my pain with physical therapy and pain medication. However, for about a year now, I have been experiencing pain and muscle tightness in the thoracic area. I think a lot of this thoracic pain is due to my job and bad posture. My job is physically demanding and requires me to stand on my feet and walk around all day with no chance to sit down at all. My break consists of me grabbing a drink and using the bathroom. With that said, a combination of my bad posture and excessive standing is taking it’s toll on my back. I have to take pain medication about mid shift just to make it through the work day.

I decided to go see a chiropractor and see if it would be of any help. Boy was I wrong! The chiropractor put a unbelievable amount of pressure on my spine. He was hurting me during the treatment but I wasn’t sure if it was suppose to or not. I walked out of there and my back felt horrible. It feels like my entire spine has been bruised. I’m not looking to bash all chiropractors, but I definitely do believe it’s not for everyone.

Has anyone had any experiences like this?