Welcome to HW. I am sorry to hear that you are already in pain at such a young age. Unfortunately, I can totally relate. My chronic pain issues also started very young -- at 15. But my biggest problem began when I was 18. And I am just a few days shy of 27 now.
I was a competitive swimmer on the senior national circuit before I destroyed my shoulders (the start of my chronic pain journey, although I have much worse problems now), and boy did I ever hate box jumps! They used to scare me, actually. I was always afraid of slipping (we usually did them on a wet pool deck) or coming short of the platform and falling. Between the concussive force of the landing, and the power required at take off to reach the highest boxes, I can totally see how you could have gotten hurt doing them. Because of the immense stress put on your body, all it would take is a slight deviation in form for things to go terribly wrong. And unfortunately, being an athlete, instead of being taught that pain is the warning sign of a (potentially serious) injury, we're taught to ignore, or push through the pain; "no pain, no gain." I know that's how I personally got into serious trouble with my shoulders. I pushed on when I should have stopped and listened to my body, and sadly, I paid the price -- 3 surgeries, the end of my swimming career, and I'm forever left with 2 bad shoulders.
Anyways, I am glad that you finally got your back checked out. If I were you, I would have the MRI done. As you probably know from your nursing studies, x-rays are pretty good about
telling us about
bone, but they are rather lousy when it comes to providing information about
the soft tissues. So the MRI will give you a better idea of "the whole picture" of what you are dealing with in regards to your back. As it will tell your doctor about
the soft tissue component, and be able to provide additional information about
the boney component, as well.
PT is a good idea, too. And it is likely something that you will end up doing either way (unless you opt to continue to "wait and see," although at this point, you've already done that for a year). But if it were me, I would want to have as much information as possible about
what was wrong with my back, before I let anyone touch it. As great as PT can be, it can also make things worse if the PT doesn't know exactly what they are dealing with.
I'm glad that you are getting a second opinion, though, since you weren't very happy with the first doctor. There is no reason why you have to stick with the first doctor, if you don't feel comfortable with him. It's your back, and you only get one. And you have many, many years to go yet. So it is important that you take care of yourself now!
Hang in there. Hope the second appointment goes well.
Post Edited (skeye) : 2/16/2015 12:53:38 AM (GMT-7)