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Is PT always recommended?



  • Yes Joy, the PT helped me very much, especially after the last surgery. Because I had to wear a brace so long, my hip flexor muscles were way to tight causing me to bend over. PT after many weeks got them back to normal.

    Emergency surgery in March of 2006 for spinal infection of L 2 and L 3. During surgery, discovered I had Cauda Equina Syndrome. Spine became unstable after surgery and had 360 fusion with 10 pedicle screws, plates and rods in April of 2007.
  • My NS is a huge proponent of PT after surgery, starting at 8 weeks and continuing for the rest of your life! I learned that the hard way. I went to the clinic for PT sessions for 6 weeks of floor, weights and ball exercises with a therapist and was taught to do them at home on my own. I thought once I was back at work and active I could slack off. Was I wrong. I began to regress, feeling worse at my 6mo appt than at my 4 mo with my NS. I went for my 6 mo with my NS I told him I was feeling my hardware and was having more pain. He asked if I was exercising each day according to the plan, and he felt my back. He immediately knew it was a result of those core muscles weakening. He was very upset with me. He explained that no matter how much walking or other activity I do, it does not work the core muscles as they need to be worked, and if I don't do the prescribed program daily for the rest of my life, it will be the difference between a very successful outcome or a failure. I have since gone back to the program, and am feeling much better...it works. I had a 3 level fusion L3-S1 with hardware, and Laminectomy, Facetectomy And Foraminotomy all of the levels, done at a teaching hospital in the midwest.
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  • I agree with phasti, PT for the rest of your life. I started PT at 4 weeks. It was real slow at first, water 2x a week and land 1x a week. I love the deep water, and I can tell a huge difference when I don't go for more than 3 days. I start to feel stiff and achey and I don't want to go and then I go and feel so much better. I will definitely find a way to work it in to my life after I go back to work next month. I walk too, but it just doesn't do the same thing for me. It amazes me the differences in doctor opinions on this subject.
  • At 8 weeks my NS prescribed PT, but due to scheduling I did not start until 9 weeks. At the time he said that we would see how I progressed, but originally he estimated a minimum of 2 months of supervised PT. Of course, he also indicated that it would also be a lifelong committment. My PT believes in a very conservative approach. However, I could not believe how it affected my hips and SI joint. In my case, I really need it.
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