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Success of Physical Therapy

Reddog53RReddog53 Posts: 8
edited 03/27/2018 - 6:16 PM in Recovering from Surgery

Good Afternoon, 

History: Radiculopathy of 2 years duration, x-rays, MRIs and nerve tests completed, tried many forms of treatment; acupuncture, yoga, Pilates, epidurals, etc., saw 3 different surgeons with 3 different diagnoses. December 4, 2017 - Posterior lumbar decompression-L4/5. Uneventful recovery. Pain has been reduced from a level 8 burning pain to a level 3 aching pain, most days. 

I have been referred to PT. I will be going to PT twice a week for 12 visits total. Currently, just had my first visit. 12 exercises to be completed twice a day. 

Question: Do you feel that PT was helpful/successful in reducing post-surgical pain, and if so, of how much benefit? Thank you!

Warm regards, 




  • memerainboltmemerainbolt IndianaPosts: 6,472


    Nice to hear from you again! I went to PT a week after surgery but it was at a rehab center in the hospital, for 1 week. When I left there and got home I was not in any pain. I had daily exercises to do for 6 weeks and I stuck to it. I've always stated PT and your recovery is the most important part of having surgery. I was pain free for 5 yrs.

    The benefit for me was that I was pain free after PT. That's all that mattered.

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