I have been lurking here for a while, though I don't post very often. I am usually content just reading posts and knowing there are others out there like me.
So, I have a question about a PT program I have been put into. Despite having tried everything to aleviate my pain over the past three years, surgeons are hesitant to operate on me because I am only 30 years old. As a last ditch effort before considering spinal fusion I have been sent to an intensive PT program where the goal is to put you in so much pain that your body turns the pain off. I am supposed to do very intense exercises that strengthen my core, legs, etc - but I am to push through until the pain is close to unbearable. I guess the goal is to get my body so sick of being in pain that it rewires my nerves not to feel it? This has been prescribed to me by a Doctor working out of one of the best hospitals in Boston. He is very well respected in the field and I have had two surgeons tell me to try out his program.
I am a little worried, though. I already work a very physical job that often puts my pain levels into the 8-9 range. I take Vicodin and occasionally use Lidoderm patches for the pain. I have been suffering through this so I can keep my insurance while seeking treatment. However, the doctor expects me to go off all pain meds while doing this PT. Needless to say, I am going to talk to my PM about taking a few weeks of disability from work.
My question is, has anybody heard of or tried this type of PT? And how long should I give it? I have done PT 3 times before and they always told me to ease off if I felt too much pain. However, part of my session on Monday will include lifting as much weight as I can. The therapist told me they will "keep piling on the weight until I cry Uncle".
I would love to hear people's thoughts on this. I know that if this doesn't work then I will be evaluated for spinal fusion - though I was told that the most they would do was one level (again, because of my age). I have included some basic history in my signature.