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Physical Therapy

AnonymousUserAAnonymousUser Posts: 49,578
edited 06/11/2012 - 7:24 AM in Lower Back Pain
Well my appointment with the neurosurgery and spine place is coming up this Friday. I am very anxious to go. My question is about the type of treatment they are going to reccomend. What is your experience? My back pain has been going on for 10 months, it hurt so bad at first I would actually fall to my knees on standing, went to chiro which helped with about 80% of the pain, then pain came back about 2 months ago, and its bad. I have a hard time standing up straight upon standing, after the intial sciatica pain goes away, which takes about 30-60 seconds I can walk ok, usually have contant pain in my butt (LOL) but I cant walk around more than 20-30 minutes without getting a backache. I have in medical terms: grade 1 anterolisthesis of L5, degenerative spondylosis on disc (in laymens terms its a vertebrate shifted out of position and herniated disc - I think) and a compressed or displaced nerve.

Can they even do physical therapy for me? How do they do it when it would hurt to much to even do any type of exercise? I know you can't predict what treatment they are going to do but I am curious of everyones experience. Could they possibly want to skip physical therepy and do shots in my back or surgery since it has been going on so long?


  • I think that would depend on your doc. In my case, my doc did not believe that PT would be of any help at all. Of course before I found him I had a doc that sent me for PT and it actually made my pain worse. Most docs will want to try every conservative measure that exists before moving on to anything drastic. Who knows, maybe in your case PT would help. I am sure that they would only have you do excersizes that you could tolerate. Good luck and keep us posted.
  • I'm not making much progress in physical therapy as far as recovery goes, but while I wait for surgery, it sure can feel good. They don't do much except knead out some of my knots and give me a massage. I think they're afraid I'll break on them!


    3 level spinal fusion, L3/4, L4/5, L5/S1, November 2008. Stiff, but I can walk.
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  • HI -

    So sorry you are having so much pain. Back pain is frustrating and exhausting!

    I had back pain for about 10 years before I had surgery. For about the first 5 years I was able to get great relief from a combo of gentle chiropractic and acupuncture. When that no longer worked, injections along with Pilates 2 times a week with a back rehab specialist kept me mostly free of pain for another 5 years. It wasn't until one month before I actually had surgery that it was even suggested. (I had never even thought about surgery as an option and was totally shocked when the surgeon said I needed surgery soon. An MRI showed spondylolisthesis that had narrowed the spinal canal to the point that my situation was likely only going to get rapidly worse.)

    Obviously, I have no idea of your situation and am certainly not an MD - however, I would encourage you to explore conservative options before having surgery.

    Good luck at your appt tomorrow.

  • dilaurodilauro ConnecticutPosts: 11,348
    in many different situations. It is used when people first start experiencing problems, when they have flares up and post surgical.
    There are so many different treatments that can given in Physical Therapy. It all depends on your own condition and what your doctor has written up.
    I know that some of my Physical therapy has been

    1 - Very mild, soothing, heat/massage, some ultrasound
    2 - Stretching and some very light exercises
    3 - More aggressive exercises, more repetition, etc

    I believe that no matter what your condition is, there is some form of PT that can be beneficial
    Ron DiLauro Veritas-Health Forums Manager
    I am not a medical professional. I comment on personal experiences
    You can email me at: rdilauro@veritashealth.com
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