I would say see the neurosurgeon and see what he suggests.
Do not do any heavy lifting. Do exercise with lots of walking if it feels okay. Walking strengthens the critical muscles of the back and protects it. I would ask the neurosurgeon or physical therapist what exercises are safe and helpful besides walking. But be good to your back and use good posture.
What that means is, they recommend an MRI to look at the spine a little higher, to see if there is additional involvement. (doubtful and low significance.)
It also means, the disc between L5 and S1 has a small tear causing some mild nerve root compression. (the most likely source of your pain) And they recommend you have surgery to reduce the compression.
So how does the tear heal?
The tears don't heel. If there is no need to remove the entire disc, they sometimes just remove the part causing the compression.
I tear to the edge of the disc is not the same as a ruptured disc, and generally not much of an issue. It's the compression of the nerve root, that is the issue. They just need to relieve the compression.
Are you hinting I should take a gander at surgery? I'm only 17 and I don't want to generate more complications. I go on hour-long walks everyday and do light exercise. My physician advises me to do squats against the wall with an exercise ball to support my back. I also do plie squats, but without the ball. I'm also very careful when I attempt bridges. Exercising arms isn't a problem, I'm just afraid of using too heavy of dumbbells, because of the support my back has to give.
I'm recommending you follow the recommendations of the MRI and see a Neurosurgeon for evaluation on best course of action. Nerve root compressions don't heal themselves and the longer the delay the higher the risk of permanent damage.
True. I'm already seeing the physician at my mom's work. He works with the professional sports teams of my state. We are doing decompression treatments twice a week. I am using that table where my stomach is strapped down, and it gently pulls the lower half of my body.
Yeah, those treatments are good revenue generators for the people who provide them. They make good money, then you eventually go see a neurosurgeon and get the proper treatment, after they dragged it out as long as they could.