Lumbar Radiculopathy: N=1
Making decisions based off of a single subject is a gamble. You may get lucky, you may not. Although advice to family and friends about their pain and injuries is well intentioned, it can often result in some unintended consequences due to a superficial understanding of the mechanisms involved.
In this video I discuss a low back (lumbar spine) radiculopathy case, and how advice from friends resulted in unnecessary fear of movement and likely delayed the recovery for the subject.
Moral of the story - don't gamble, don't guess: ASSESS! Get an evaluation from a licensed physical therapist or other qualified healthcare provider.