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Please share PT experience

laughnsmilellaughnsmile Posts: 60
edited 06/11/2012 - 8:41 AM in Back Surgery and Neck Surgery
Hi all,

Just completed my PT eval last week. Surgeon refered for PT
2x per week for 6 weeks. Physical therapist said amount of
minutes in PT, etc. was charged differently and my insurance would be contacted. I have a high deductible (5850) and PT said deductible would cover all of PT. However, my insurance has a limit of 2,000 (before deductible met??!!) so my PT will be same number of times but less of "something".

I'm curious about the differences we receive from PT because of insurance/money. Please share what you have done in PT. I know of people who have worked out on stationary bikes or have been in whirlpool. Others are just given exercise to do at home.




  • After my spinal fusion, I had PT 3 times a week, about an hour each visit, for 4 months until my turtle shell brace came off. I then had PT twice a week for another 3 months. My hour consisted of 10 minutes on a treadmill, several core exercises, some standing, some on the floor. This took 15 minutes. I had another 10 or 15 minutes having my hip flexor muscles stretched out(this was due to wearing the brace so long. I then went on a weight machine doing pull downs, curls, leg presses, lats and presses. This took 10 to 15 minutes. PT ended with a nice ice bag to my lower back.
    I didn't do all this when I first started. Then, it was heat, some stretching, some treadmill, some stationary bike, then ice.

    Emergency surgery in March of 2006 for spinal infection of L 2 and L 3. During surgery, discovered I had Cauda Equina Syndrome. Spine became unstable after surgery and had 360 fusion with 10 pedicle screws, plates and rods in April of 2007.
  • Meh, I'm not sure you really would want to here about my PT. I am in PT for the fourth (and hopefully final) time before surgery is considered.

    I am trying a "different" style of PT where they try to put me in pain in order to train my body not to feel it. Two and a half weeks in and this is not working so well. I go in, hop on the treadmill for 10 minutes, stretch and then use a variety of weight machines. I do this twice a week and walk on a treadmill the rest of the week. It has been getting progressively more painful, though, instead of less. I might have to stop soon.

    Previous PT sessions (always 2X/week) involved getting massage or ultrasound first and then doing some low impact exercises as I felt able. Ultrasound is the best - so relaxing.

    So, two times a week seems pretty basic for insurance. I don't know if you have had surgery or not so I guess they would take that into consideration when having you do exercises. I hope they won't be as hard on you as they are on me ;)

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