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Hi, im new so i hope im doing this right! I had surgery for kyphosis 10years ago, and after i was never refered to any physio or anything other treatment, is this normal procedure? I was never in pain before my surgery, but after i am always in pain, my back is very sensitive especiaally when i feel cold. If i touch my upper back or someone touch it, it doesnt feel like its mine! Is this nornal? just looking for answers :D


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  • thoracic spine painthoracic spine pain Posts: 566
    edited 07/17/2013 - 1:05 PM
    They did the same thing to me after my accident - forgot to write out a rehab plan. You should have a rehab plan with a physio as it stops your muscles from atrophying. After about 6 months they realised and it was too late.

    I have found a new physio who is wonderful so maybe look for one yourself. Need the ones who touch you to see where the pain is, not the ones who just put you on a tens machine - I can do that myself and a tens machine seems to aggravate my pain. So go and try and get a rehab plan. If you are in the US everyone is recommending a physiatrist - in Aus there aren't many but seem to be great in the States.
  • A lot of this depends on the surgeon's past experiences with patients, where your surgery was (what levels), what type of surgery you had, what the surgeon found/did/repaired during surgery, your activity, etc. I know when I had my first spine surgery which involved thorax and lumbar I didn't do any PT. It was late 80's but PT was available... the surgeon said I was young, would heal fast, had a past history of much activity, as long as I walked etc. I didn't need PT and really he was right, I did well. Don't get me wrong, I am a firm believe in PT.... but I'm just saying that it isn't necessarily a doctor error that you didn't do PT. Still you should try it now to see if it gives you some relief.
    33yo mom of two. My surgical history...preadolescence scoliosis, kyphosis, and a hot mess.... 5 spine surgeries and lots of items added I wasn't born with (titanium, peek, surgical steel). Guess cremation is out. TSA loves me.
  • Am so glad you didn't need PT.

    PT made my injury worse as they gave the nearly the same exercises to everyone and I had crushed bone, rubbing on my spinal cord, not good to exercise with that, at some ridiculously priced pain clinic everyday for two weeks. Every day I ended up in tears with a heat pack lying on the floor. I stuck it out as it was really expensive but they weren't too impressed cause it made my pain worse.

    Probably didn't explain myself well enough. I was finally given gentle rehab with a physio and some pool exercises but they said I was in too much pain to keep going there.

    Rehab plans here don't necessarily mean PT, they can just be walking or a physio or an oesteopath taking a look at you.

    My Dr actually said it was their mistake, they should have made follow up appointments after my accident with allied health professions and they forgot - had to arrange myself in the end.

    There are not all the legal issues in Australia - hardly anyone sues anyone just about impossible to sue the medical profession cause they close ranks.

    So sorry I didn't explain about what I meant with a rehab plan - a pain diary is a good start, a rehab plan can mean anything in Australia. They are supposed to look individually at your injury and make an individual plan.
  • hi thnx for ur answers! I live in malta, the surgeon comes from uk in may and oct to do surgeries,i have had follow up after my surgery every time the dr would be in malta, but after 2years i did not have to go anymore, i had a daughter normal delivery after 4 years i did the surgery, i think i felt more everyday pain after that, i then did an appointment with the sergeon and he said that he could take the rod out, but i could still be in pain, so i didnt go it!!
  • Get them to look at the ones above whatever is damaged. These discs, vertabrae above naturally try and take over to protect the damaged ones. They kept looking at my T5 which is badly damaged and not at the T4 and T3 on top.

    My physio has put my T4 back into place, it is taped and my shoulder is taped in the right place. It was instant pain relief. It has come back out again today and am trying to get it back in, but in all the research I have done this seems to happen to a lot of people, even after surgery the upper ones go to try and protect the ones below.

    Worth a try - took 8 years to figure out - I never put two and two together until the physio clicked.
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