A little over a year ago I got a pool so I could do aqua therapy at home. Even though I live in South Florida, pools are not that easy to get too!
When I told my NS of my pool, somehow he miss heard and thought I "hurt" when in the pool. He seemed very alarmed until I corrected him. My spine was loving the break from the support of the water. It was a great fit!! That being said.
The last two times I've done my "walking" in the pool, my lower lumbar has been screaming! If I lean forward in the pool (bowing my back a bit), it still hurts, but lends some relief. My feet also go numb with this, and then cramp hard (both). If I stop walking and wiggle around a bit, I also get some relief, but the aqua walking is kicking my butt.
My question. Those of you with stenosis in the L5/S1 that use aqua therapy and the walking, does yours hurt in the pool? I'm actually still "paying" for it presently, and I've been out of the pool for about 5 hours. Second question, why would a surgeon get "concerned" if you hurt in the pool? Is there something I am missing here?
I see a new surgeon (OS this time) in two weeks, so of course this will be brought up, but just curious if anyone ran into this, and was it a big deal? Thanks in advance.
PCTF C4 - T2, Laminectomies C5, C6 & C7. Severe Palsy left arm/hand.