I am 7 weeks post op from an ALIF L5S1 and my surgeon wants me to start aqua therapy in the next week or so. Has anyone else tried this therapy and were the results worth the co-pays I will have to pay? I am still in a lot of pain, but have been back at work since 2 weeks post op ( I know I was crazy). I work for a dentist and sit most of the day and needless to say my back is killing me by the time I get home. I have cut my hours some the past 2 weeks but am still in pain.
I guess I thought it would be better at this point, but after reading so many other posts, I guess I am still very early into the recovery stage.
I'd love any advice on what type of therapy worked for you. My surgeon said I could see the physical therapist I was seeing before I went in for surgery, but I want to do the right thing at this stage. Right now, I can't even imagine someone manipulating my back, so would aqua therapy be a kinder form of therapy?
Also, did anyone continue to wear their back brace still at this point in recovery. My dr said I could wean off it except when sitting for long periods, but I don't know if the brace is hindering my recovery or helping it. Any advice would be appreciated.