For anyone who has had physical therapy -
I have been doing some reading and it appears that there should be stretches for the hamstrings and the hip flexors.
I asked about these stretches and was told that my hamstrings seemed fine, that I didn't need to stretch them?
My PT has been only lying on the floor on my stomach and now building up the core muscles. I have a lot of pain in my hips, can not lift my legs very high, or sit for more than 15 minutes with out a lot of pain in my hips and my butt. My hips and upper thighs just hurt to be touched. I am wondering if there shouldn't have been stretching excerises before building up the core? It seems like the pain in my hips is getting worse as I do the core exercises ( basically leg lifts to the side, back, bending my knee behind me and standing on my toes). At this point, it now hurts for me to lie on my stomach, which was never the case before, and I can not lie on my hips, or back for long without pain. I also can not sit or stand in one place for more than 15 minutes without muscles locking up on me. Walking is becoming painful as well, and the pain is starting to go into my calves again. Before it was going down to my toes, so I guess that is some improvement.... Prior to PT, I had been walking at least a mile a day for probably 25 years with no pain.
I have been having pain in my legs, hips, and butt since September 2008.
I am concerned that doing the strengthing excercises without getting the pain out of my hips first is setting myself up for more problems.