FRAT: I had painful sciatica for over a year and a half due to a ruptured L5 and stenosis and tried traditional rehab/exercise, injections, meds to no avail. Then started 1:1 private pilates lessons and my sciatica has 100% disappeared.
I’ve always had a weak lower back and due to years of bad sitting posture developed a lateral curve in my lumbar spine which has created a number of imbalances. But more specifically stenosis and degenerative discs. Well one day after bowling for the first time in years, I woke up the next day and felt a sharp pain shoot down the the outside/back part of my left as I got up from bed. And from there every time I got up from a seated or lying position or sometimes from a standing walking/position I would feel that sharp pain shoot down to my left knee like somebody stabbed me. The worst at one point being a constant state of pain while lying down thus being unable to sleep properly.
So I went to a nerve clinic where I got protein and epidural injections along with a steady supply of ant-inflammatory/pain meds which had little to no effect. MRI revealed I had a ruptured L5 and which the doc thought serious enough to tell me to essentially cease all physical activity in fear that it would only get worse with my L4/3 looking like they were getting ready to go as well. Needless to say, I was depressed about my prognosis and the prospect of living with this if not worse pain for the rest of my life reading online that 40% of people with this condition end up in a wheelchair down the line.
I considered surgery but doc advised against it as chance of reoccurrence is high. So I lived with this sciatica for at least a year and a half until I decided to get 1:1 private pilates lessons whereby after focusing on core strengthening along with lower spine positioning and other related areas, my sciatica eventually disappeared having also ditched all the meds sometime before due to ineffectiveness. Now there’s a chance that my body absorbed the ruptured disc over time and that was the reason why, but the effects and change due to pilates felt tangible. I still consider it a miracle that I’m somehow now and have been pain-free for some time after once thinking my condition was terminal and given the fact that my other L discs haven’t popped or herniated (yet).
I truly do feel for anyone who has/had to deal with sciatica as it can be absolutely debilitating . I can see how people develop opioid addiction as a result seeing how I was on the verge of going down that path when I was in so much pain I couldn’t even sleep. With that said, this is just my personal experience and journey, and it appears others have had success with other methods. In any event, I wish you the best OP and hope you find the solution that works for you!