After a laminectomy and fusion 18 months ago, and hardware removal surgery 12 months ago, I have now finally graduated from 15 months of physical therapy (halted for a period for the hardware removal surgery).
I am a firm believer that such a comprehensive structured PT rehab program has played a MAJOR role in my near 100% recovery after my laminectomy and fusion. I travelled a lot and had to stop due to my second surgery so missed quite a few sessions, which delayed the whole thing, but in total, I have done about 40 PT sessions over the period (one 2-3 hour session per week), involving comprehensive use of MEDX medical rehabilitation equipment.
The PT did not just focused on my lumbar region but also the thoracic region, and legs (hamstrings, calves, psoas muscles, etc) as they are all connected and impact upon the lumbar back. If anyone is familiar with the MEDX range of medical rehab equipment, the equipment which I used regularly was:
- Lumbar extension machine (stretching and strengthening of the lumbar region).
- Torso rotation machine
- Abdominal isolator
- Seated row (as in rowing)
- Super stretch (hamstring and hip abductors)
- Leg press
As well as using these machines was lots of stretching exercises, and physical therapy (massage, heat packs,electric current, ultrasonic treatment, etc., especially in the early days.
...an old timer here and ex-moderator