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physio making things much worse?

AnonymousUserAAnonymousUser Posts: 49,671
edited 06/11/2012 - 8:32 AM in Back Surgery and Neck Surgery
hi, I'm now 5 weeks post microdiscectomy and have degenerative verabrae at level l5/s1.My question is I'm doing physio excersises and they are making the pain in my back so much worse( it feels like I've never hade surgery).Is this a normal process before I start improving?I dont see my physio again till the 30th and cant get a hold of him to ask whether to load myself with more oxycodone and carry on with them or to stop them.Any ideas?
thanks folks xx


  • It's never a good idea to load up on more pain meds just to do PT. Generally (not always) a good rule of thumb that is used in PT, is that if your pain that is brought on or exacerbated by the PT resolves overnight then it's fairly normal. If it doesn't resolve and/or it continues to get worse, that's not normal. If you can't get in touch with your Physio, can you get in touch with your surgeon. Since the surgeon ordered the PT, if he feels it's hurting you he will make his recommendation as to whether to stop or continue at a lighter pace.

  • thank you for that.I got a hold of my physio in the end and he said the same.I'm having a couple of rest days(in too much pain) before I start the lighter exersises again and when I see him again on the 30th hes going to give me different ones to do on an exersise ball.He said he could give me a belt but would rather not as it stops your spine moving and that wont help any.Sounds like heaven to me!lol
  • I'm glad that you were able to get in touch with your physio. Please let us know how it goes after the rest and starting on the lighter exercises.

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