Does Physical Therapy Work?
Most patients recovering from Spinal surgery will have one form of Physical Therapy. This is an important part of the overall recovery period.
But just as in any professional field, the success of the actual service depends on the person providing that service.
With almost any initial Physical Therapy after surgery there is a normal scenario.
- Initial Session to do an overall evaluation
- Then a few light sessions
- Building up to core strengthening exercises
During those first few sessions, it is not uncommon for the patient to experience additional pain and discomfort. Much depends on what kind of surgery did the patient have to start with and how many weeks post op did the physical therapy start.
After the initial discomfort, you should start to realize some positive gains as the sessions continues.
Then for many there comes a point that the additional sessions with more aggressive exercises starts to create more problems. This may not be the case for everyone, but many do experience this.
Using myself as an example. I have been through physical therapy sessions probably 20 different times or more. I followed the exact scenario I described above. During my last couple of physical therapy events, I started to have additional problems which caused flareups that set me back to where my pain levels shot up.
Physical Therapy is good, it is important, but it is not the end to all. There is a point you have to listen to your body. Not just give in at the sign of discomfort, but
when additional, new pain is starting. When that happens, you need to talk to both your physical therapist and your doctor.
I have a view that most Physical Therapists themselves are in good shape, so as they try to bring a patient along, they sometimes forget that the patient has problems that will prevent them from being as 'fit' as the therapist is.
Ron DiLauro Spine-Health System Administrator I am not a medical professional. I comment on personal experiences