Dr Craig McLean, Doctor of Chiropractic talks of his personal account of a past episode of low back pain and leg pain, “Disc herniation – I know all about how backs can perform well and I also how they can sometimes let you down. In 2003 I suffered a massive disc herniation at the L4-5 level. This resulted in severe left leg pain and muscle weakness to the point where I could no longer walk.
Disc herniations commonly occur due to long standing repeated micro trauma to the lumbar discs. My history involved a combination of long distance cycling, triathlon, golf, rowing, surfing, skiing and leaning over patients all day as a chiropractor. Normal personal challenges and some added life-stresses together with some biomechanical abnormalities resulted in my disc gradually giving way.
Over the initial three months I was on the chiropractic table daily having a combination of techniques aimed at reducing the pressure on the sciatic nerve.
Chiropractic, rest and good nutrition
Unable to work or exercise I resisted medical advice for surgery or spinal injections, and continued to look after my body with good nutrition, rest and chiropractic care from my colleagues at Putney. I later used the services of an acupuncturist and reflexologist to help finish the process of waking up my foot and leg. How long did this take? Well, realistically for full strength to return took 12 months for the lower back and leg. Today I still feel the occasional niggle down the left leg, but this is managed well with regular chiropractic care and massage.
The lessons I learnt from this is that healing takes time, and is something that cannot be rushed. The quick fix solution does not guarantee long term strength and can create more problems than it cures, as the underlying cause of the symptoms are not always addressed. Most of all, anything is possible, as long as you put your mind to it! I’m now running, cycling, skiing and being an active dad which makes all the effort and time so worthwhile.”
Dr Craig McLean
This is a personal account of an individual experience. Every body is different and Putney Chiropractic makes no claims to help every person with every problem.