Looking for positive stories of calf strength recovery without surgery

I injured my lower back in a spinning class on Dec 20. The pain started 4 days later radiating down my right leg into my foot. MRI showed a bulging disk at L5S1.After two oral steroid treatments, many PT sessions and Meloxicam I have no more nerve pain. My calf strength however has not returned and even after the PT sessions I have seen no improvement in my calf strength though I am much more mobile in general after the sessions. I walk with a limp and cannot run at all. (I used to run 15 - 20 miles a week and feel very frustrated with not being able to keep fit.)

Has anybody had their calf/ leg muscle strength return without surgery? If yes, how long after the incident? I am seeing a chiropractor now and he is trying a special treatment whereby he hopes the nerve will become "un-impinged." I would like to avoid surgery for fear of the pain returning but at the same time I don't want to leave it too long if surgery is the only way to get my strength back.



  • challengercchallenger Posts: 1,190
    edited 07/16/2019 - 9:52 AM


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    I am sure other members will be along shortly to give you their opinions. Good luck and keep us posted on your progress.Chip
  • Thanks Chip, I appreciate your answer. I saw a Ortho Spine Specialist who ordered the MRI,  prescribed the steroids and PT, but he was very uncertain about the surgery.. basically telling me time might heal it/ might not.. or surgery might/ might not heal it. From reading other posts on this board it sounds as if a Neurosurgeon might be more appropriate. It would be nice to know examples where waiting a few months did in fact help with bringing back strength in the calf of anyone.

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  • Yes, I went to see a Neurosurgeon after your suggestion on one of my posts -  he has ordered a 2nd MRI and I will probably get surgery next week. I am somewhat annoyed with all the specialists (first Orho and PTs) who made me believe that numbness might go away with time. Thanks for your support.

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