It was an eye opener. Did an eval with the therapist first then worked to find some exercises I could do at home. There's definitely a lot of problems coming from my shoulder muscles, I have some ugly trigger points there. I did know this already, since I take muscle relaxers for it, and get trigger point injections for it. Never really realized before how much the neck and shoulder are tied together though, and how it might be impossible to deal with the muscle situation until the neck situation is resolved. We tried several easy exercises that would have helped to strengthen my shoulder, but I couldn't do them as they set off the radicular pain down into my fingers terribly.
I'm hoping that the neurosurgeon will listen when I go back. I'm not in pain because my muscles are deconditioned. My muscles are deconditioned because I'm in pain. Before this happened I used to go to the gym a couple times each week, but now I've been inactive for over half a year. Not to say that the muscles aren't a part of the pain now, I'm sure they are...but seriously...this problem in my neck is not going to be resolved by PT, or it would have been a long time ago.
Microlaminectomy and discectomy at C7-T1 on April 26th.