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Is the physio working

tb25ttb25 Posts: 14
edited 06/11/2012 - 8:43 AM in Chronic Pain
Hi Guys,

Hope you are all as well as can be expected.

I've been having physio for a prolapse L5S1 for a few months now, and my pain doesn't seem to be lessening.

Has anyone had experience of physio for this condition.

Should I be looking for other alternatives.

Thanks for your support.



  • I'm enclosing a link to an article that provides comprehensive information that you may find useful:


    Have you had an epidural steroid injection yet? Sometimes there is too much swelling which can keep the nerve irritated and cause pressure on it, and thus, the pain you are feeling.

    I think the general rule of thumb now is that if you have not responded to conservative treatments after six to twelve weeks, it is time to try something else.

    When my husband ruptured the L5-S1 disc a number of years ago, progress was very slow. However, there was progress beginning around the six week mark. By six months, he was feeling much better. I think by now, you should be seeing some improvement, even if it is very small.

    Good luck.

  • I've had PT that worked and PT that didn't. A lot of it depended on the skill of the PT and the nature of the pain. The time I had a severe rupture, the PT I had was pretty bad so no, it didn't help- luckily the pain cleared up without surgery.

    PT helped to a certain point with this injury, then he tried to push me a bit to far and I chose to listen to him instead of to my body- bad choice. I need to go back to PT.
  • Hi guys,

    Thanks for your help and comments. Yes Gwennie I've heard from other sources that you need to give it 6 to 8 weeks to see.

    I'm going to stick it out for a bit longer and also see my doctor again. In fact thanks to everyone for their help.

    The link was great, in fact there's lots of good stuff on this site.

    I also like http://ehealthforum.com as well.

    Hope you are OK.

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