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Physical therapy?

LBGChrisLLBGChris Posts: 7
edited 06/11/2012 - 8:41 AM in Exercise and Rehab
Hey guys!

I had a microdiscectomy on L5/S1 about 5 weeks ago. I also had bad sciatica at the time. Now, my back is doing pretty well overall, and the sciatica has improved a lot. I haven't started physical therapy yet, I'm waiting on the health insurance company to approve it apparently. What exercises can I do at home in the mean time?

Specifically, my foot is still numb right now in some areas, mainly all of my toes. I need this feeling to come back. It's quite difficult to walk at the moment. My ankle is very weak as well. What can I do to improve this?



  • Hi Chris,

    This site has some great info on PT just be cautious starting any at home pt before it's ordred and approved by your PHYSICIAN.... Check it out here.

  • Chris,
    I presume the foot sensation is a symptom of the central back pain and any flexion is better than nothing, as you I have no sensation in my foot and toes and it is not helped by walking or any impacted pressure.

    Cycling has been my saviour, none weight bearing as the walking has become more problematic a reasonable adjustment to my mobility needs. Any PT while in pain is difficult and so long and it is down within you capacity and done not increase the pain to an unreasonable level then I would carry on doing something.

    I applaud your desire and perhaps wait until you are given the green light and build the pace slowly, I know you are keen and the pace can soon be increased once you find that no additional symptoms happen based on increased activity.

    Take care.

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