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Help with PT and does my PT no what he's doing?

Hi guys I'm suffering with a 7 mm protrusion at l5- s1 and I've made some great progress in coming up to 4 months.
I've gone from not being able to sleep to being able to play golf. However I am far from being pain free. I know that the golf won't help my injury however being able to play has boosted my mental state no end.
The problem I have at the minute is that I'm in England and using the nhs and the neurosurgeon thinks that PT should benifit me greatly , however the PT I've Been sent to is next to useless and I am going to go private after I get back from holiday . All he has done has sent me a email with exercises I should complete which to me is ridiculous as he hasn't shown me the form for the exercises.

I'm trying to complete the exercises however when I'm doing them I can feel the sciatic nerve pulling in my leg I can still compete the exercise if I want. However should I carry it out , I come from a weightlifting background and it doesn't feel like a good stretch it feels like I should stop . Should I ? Or should I carry on?
Also my PT took my leg and started stretching it and it was the same pain and he said he was mobilizing the nerve is this normal?
I think the problem is I have no trust in my PT thanks for the help


  • dilaurodilauro ConnecticutPosts: 9,833
    your Physical Therapist, then you should

    a) Take that up with the Rehab center you are going for PT
    b) Talk to your doctor about all of this.

    What you may feel is not an appropriate exercise, the therapist may have a valid reason for. But , I do know that some therapist sometimes try to push too hard.

    If yo dont want to talk this problem over with the managers of the rehab center or your doctor, discuss it with your therapist.
    Have a open two way communications so you can air things out and listen to their side.
    Ron DiLauro Spine-Health System Administrator
    I am not a medical professional. I comment on personal experiences
    You can email me at: rdilauro@veritashealth.com
  • A friend has gone thru 2 PT's she's had "faith" in and has ended up worse off.

    I've gone to some PT's, but I've learned to do stretching work for my own issues. There are many videos online
    to help us learn to do our own work, I think. After hip replacement, I had a good PT and then learned to do the work on my own, I still do these hip exercises almost 5 yrs later.
    Bodywide OA, Fibro and complications from Hip Replacement.
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