I would very much like to know the opinions of others about PT. I fully understand that each person has their opinion - which is what I am looking for
Why? Well I am on the fence about the benefits of PT for myself and am now curious if others feel the way I do or if I am alone.
Sometimes one just needs to look at something from a different view point to understand it better - which is what I am looking to do.
I did not have insurance for the first 5 yrs of my injury so no PT for me.
Now that I have insurance I was going to PT faithfully 3 times a week.
I recently had surgery ( non back injury related ) and have not yet been released to do PT again.
In the 2 weeks I have not gone to PT I feel MUCH less sore and have a LOT less sciatic pains.
At PT I swam ( which I am all for and do have a YMCA membership for such even before PT started ) and then they did these pressure point things on me. 2 guys one on each side of me would push their fingers and/or elbows into different points of my body - which sent my pain levels SKY HIGH and would then hold that pressure until the pain started to go away - which it did. After about 2 times of this therapy my sciatic flared up BIG time. When I mentioned it to them they said it was due to them "opening back up the blood flow and nerves were becoming active again". :??
The pain of them doing this for about 6 weeks never decreased. The sciatic got more and more painful and for longer times.
I asked about other PT methods and exercises and was told "no". That nothing else was safe for me due to my injuries/conditions. OK I get that as even riding a bike for me is physically impossible as my one hip goes out of place ( SUPER OUCH! ) when we tried it.
BUT finally getting to my point - if this is all I am going to get done I am now questioning if there will ever be true progress. I have not noticed any and am only in more pain with my sciatic when I go.
Not having gone for 2 weeks now and I have little to no sciatic pain nor none of the major muscle pains from the pressure point treatments. The treatments hurt so bad I always was making hubby check me for black & blue marks lol There never were any but it felt like there should be
OK so...... thoughts...... opinions please?
L1 - S2 "gone" useless in 1 way or another. DDD. RA. Bone Spurs. Tons of nerve damage/issues. Stenosis. Both knees replaced. 50 yrs old. I had a great fall (hence my user name) at age 41 and it has been a domino effect every since.