I've been having back pain for a while now that seems to steadily get worse. I've been to a spine specialist. At first, he took x-rays and gave me some anti-inflammatory medication for a few months. He thought the source might be my right S-I joint. The medicine helped a lot at first, but lost effectiveness towards the end. I recently went back and had an MRI taken. It revealed a torn disc (not a terribly bad one) in my L5/S1 disc. Does it make sense to really only have pain on one side of my back if the problem is with a disc? Is this normal?
Also, a family member of mine swears by this spinal decompression place in town. Anyone here had experience with this kind of treatment? I'd like to avoid surgery, but at the same time, I want to feel better and be able to do sports and daily activities without pain. I don't want to was some of my prime physical years being in constant pain.