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I have a disc herniation @T11 My doc is hesitant to opt for surgery since the injury isn't that bad, although Ive had to stop my passion!  Ive tried P. therapy and the injury just doesn't heal, its been about 2 years now and I'm feel like I'm 50 even though Ive just turned 30.  This thing just wont heal!  Ive heard of epidural injections although i hear they hurt like hell and never actually heal the herniation.  I would do almost anything to get back on the slopes, the fact that Ive had to stop has actually made me depressed, only you guys could understand.  That's why I'm posting here..   has anyone had a similar injury and recovered to the extent that they were able to hit the slopes again?
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Sorry to hear that Cyrus. 

Have you tried more than one physical therapist? There are a lot of pretty crappy physical therapists out there, so just because one didn't help doesn't mean physical therapy won't help.  There are good ones - and they tend to be really good.  Or try to find an athletic therapist.  Where are you located?

Also, have you or has your doctor or p therapist discussed daily postural modifications?  There is evidence that suggests that disc herniations are the result of repeated flexions or rotations, so often it's not the hard core activities we do that cause them, but rather the very lightweight things we do 10,000 times.  Did the doctor discuss what he or she thinks the cause is?  It's very possible that if you stop the offending movement, strengthen the surrounding musculature, that things will calm down.

I can certainly relate as I have missed two complete seasons of skiing in a row (hip injury, not back) and it definitely sucked.  Hopefully you'll get this sorted soon and get back on the hill!

Good luck!

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I'm located in north NJ.  Ive had a few bad P.Ts. So I'm thinking about looking for a new one this time around, I'm just curious if i sh old get the epidural shot as well. 
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My own bias is that PTs that are either former (or active) dancers in addition to PTs, as well as PT clinics with lots of them, tend to be much better than average.  The reason I mention that is that in the NY/NJ area there are a number of these.  Same true for PTs who are powerlifters, etc.

Back pain is funny in that you can have two people, both with disks that look the same, and one has excruciating pain and the other no symptoms.  One reason more doctors are getting hesitant to operate is this fact, combined with the fact that surgery doesn't seem to offer better results than PT. 

There's a lot of little stuff, like being able to touch your toes, or not, and various measures of "core" strength, that correlates strongly to whether someone has back pain, or not.  A good PT will likely test your ability to do a lot of this stuff. 

I'd read up on the epidural cortisone stuff more.  The thing about them is that they don't by themselves necessarily help your long-term outcome, though they can make your near-term existence much better when they work.  So the other rehab is still key.  If you and your doc conclude that one's warranted and you trust your doc (otherwise get another doc now) they're not always super-painful.

edit:  I had severe inflammation in the lower back from a fall a while back and recovered fine.  That's different from your injury, so while I did benefit from an epidural myself you shouldn't take anything from that.  For a couple weeks it was very hard to get into or out of bed, etc.  6 months later I was fine and actually felt that because of the good input during PT I came away better athletically.
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