Is disc hernia always the source of pain?

A friend whom I’ll call John is an avid wake-boarder. For couple of years he had been having low back pain, which was treated by physiotherapy and manipulation by orthopaedic surgeon. It got better than it got worse again. In this fashion it kept improving and then coming back, but worse each time. Until one day, in lay terms, he ‘put his back out’ completely. The pain in low back and radiating pain down the left buttock and back of left leg and into left groin was so bad, that it left him incapacitated. He was unable to walk, other than shuffling by tiny steps, unable to stand for more than couple of minutes, unable to sit in certain positions etc. Standing up from sitting was the worst. Continue reading