Hi everyone, Just wanted to get input from others on their experiences with PT. I have been dealing with an annular tear at L4-L5 and L5-S1 herniation w/nerve impingment for about 7 months now. When first injuryed they put me in PT for 2 weeks and I stopped because the pain was so bad I could barely walk and I had foot drop . My legs and back hurt so bad I thought I was going to lose my mind. When I would tell my PT that I was getting worse she just looked at me like I was nuts!! So now after 7 months of being very limited on my activities they want to try PT again and I am scared to death! I am still in alot of pain if I just hang around the house and limit my activity and change positions throughout the day I can manage my pain with my meds. I will only venture into town once or twice a week because getting in and out of the car hurts me. And to walk through a store is torchure!! My legs burn and ache and I shuffle my feet and my back feels like its grinding. I try to walk around my home everyday and the pain is better than a couple months ago but if just what little I do try to do hurts so badly how do they expect me to do PT? To much movemend sends my pain to a 10+ and a normal here lately has been a 4-6. I've seen 2 N/S and 1 ortho. And n/s's say at this point I need a fusion but they don't recommend it because they feel it will make the nerve damage worse in my legs because of scare tissue. And the ortho says we could try a decompression and most likely have to go back in for a fusion but he also feels that the leg pain could get worse. I thought relieving the nerve would stop more nerve damage I'm confused about that. Sorry for long post but would love to hear your experiences.
Thanks for any input.