I'm in a similar boat. I stopped working at my old desk job and became a PT aide to learn how to rehab myself better. Here are my thoughts:
1.) Inactivity will make it worse. Consistent high quality physical therapy, is the only long term solution.You should be going to PT 3x a week until symptoms improve. Not once every two weeks. Not once a week... 3x a week.
2.) A chiropractor, pain doc, dark wizards, the internet are not physical therapists.
YouTube is also not a physical therapist.
I worked for several pain docs as a scribe. They don't have many long term solution for pain. Most of what we did... surprise, was writing prescriptions for PT after the inevitable epidural, RF ablation, cortisone injection failed to provide relief.
3.) All Physical therapists are not the same. Like any profession, there are some terrible ones. Make sure they have thier DPT( new standard) and preferably have done an orthopedic residency or at least have thier OCS certification.
4.) You can recover. I broke my back, had a crap load of setbacks and I am now back to submission fighting/ MMA ,working as a PT aide and an EMT with heavy patients. Be smart and stay hopeful.
Good luck. You will not see instant results , but they will come if you are consistent with PT. Stay positive.