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Disk Bulge + P. Therapy = No Point?

What is the point of PT if the exercises are useless towards getting this thing back into your spine?

Stretches do help as far as increasing range of motion, but only temporarily before having to stretch out again..

I just got injured 3 weeks ago deadlifting, got the mri showing a bulge of l4 l5, and have had PT for 2 days. They gave me stretches of thlegs, and what looks to be "glute bridges" but how this is supposed to help is beyond me.


  • I can only speak from my experiences. Which some on this forum will not agree with, but I have had 5 back surgeries so I might know a little bit of what I am talking about. I had a horrifying experience with PT several years ago which leads to me refusing it when it is offered. I had a bulged disc at L4-L5. I went thru all their exercises for about a month, I progressively began to hurt worse and worse. Then finally one morning I went to therapy and I couldn't even get off the table they use, I was so much pain. I finally made it to the car and I went straight to the doctors office. He prescribed some pain meds and ordered a MRI. The next morning I woke not able use my left at all. The herniation had become so large that it got tangled in my nerves. I may be a little odd, but I do not believe PT works for everyone.

    However since you have only been twice I would give it a chance. Most of the exercises they want you to do are to strenghten your back muscles. Are you in more pain afterward? If your pain increases I would let your doctor know. Sorry if I rambled with my story. Plus its seriously expensive.
    Discectomies 05/08 and 04/11, fusions L4-5 Feb 9,2012 and L3-L4 June 28,2012, Staph infection washout 3/2/2012, Bulged L5-S1. SCS trial on January 17th, 2014, which was a success! Permanent SCS on February 20th.
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    Spinal stenosis since 1995
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  • jlrfryejjlrfrye ohioPosts: 1,110
    Personally for myself it has never done any good only harm but my neuro surgeon would make me go at least once to satisfy the insurance company and make approval easier on other treatments. The Drs have a path they have to follow with insurance companies to get things approved and PT is one of them
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