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I dont know if rehab is doing anything?



  • I've been where you are but have had no surgery.
    Get yourself to a CHIROPRACTIC NEUROLOGIST, not a
    chiropractor. They have 3 more years of education
    and are awesome. It will take time but you will recover.
    Good luck
  • When I had Pt prior to the Micro-d, it just left me hurting more. I would have to cancel sessions just to recover from a flare it caused me. I had the same issues post op from both surgeries, and the last time I fared poorly. My core muscles are superweak and the hamstring muscles were always supertight. One wrong move would send me into spasms and it turned into a vicious cycle. My surgeon stopped the PT because it just wasn't helping me. I do find the stretches helpful when the nerve acts up. Using a tens unit and walking are good for you when you can't do the exercises.
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  • hi! :H not enought is being said here about swimming or aqua therapy! <:P a heated, theraputic pool could work wonders on your muscle spasms and start working your core and get you to walking again.. there is alot to do in the pool so it never gets boring. =)) talk to your doctor or a rehabilitation center for one near your home. i use the pool down the street from me in the summer but use the theraputic pool nearby in the winter. really, try it!! :D Jenny :)
  • lulu what do you do in the pool?

    I got told i can walk or try kicking using a kickboard so I dont twist. But i think i would get bored pretty quickly!!!

    Mind you it was 43.5 degrees celcius here today, so it could be a preferred option
  • hi!!! :H i do lots of things in the pool but i have worked up gradually.. it may be you will only be able to walk and kickboard for awhile but i swim, do resistence exercises, workout in the deep end and even do an easy aerobics class. =D> on more painful days it is even nice to grab a noodle and just float! :D please remember to talk to your doctor before you start anything he hasn't talked to you about. :-C anyway, give it a chance and see what comes of it.. it can be alot of fun and what you can do is really endless!! <:P Jenny :)
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  • dilaurodilauro ConnecticutPosts: 13,526
    I totally agree with Jenny. Aqua Therapy is so beneficial for a wide range of patients. Also there is a difference between a therapeutic pool and a normal lap pool.
    The therapeutic pools generally are set between 92 and 95
    degrees. At that temperature, many states require 1 Therapist and 1 Technician to be at the pool all the time.
    I have been going to a therapeutic at the Rehab center I've gone for PT.
    The pool ranges form 3 feet to 4 1/2. Right now, I am on what they call an independent program. Basically that means I have already been using that pool while under the direct one on one care of a therapist.

    Exercises include:
    - Stretching
    - Walking
    - Resistance paddles
    - Noodles
    - Water Pony (use it like a byclce)
    - And more

    The first time I was in the pool, I thought it was a breeze.
    But believe me for a while work outs in the pool will really leave you tired and sore.

    The nicest part of the pool-program I am using, is because there is a therapist and technician on hand. They are they only to supervisor your workouts.
    Ron DiLauro Veritas-Health Forums Manager
    I am not a medical professional. I comment on personal experiences 
  • I will look into that. I think there is a rehab centre not far away!

    The 46 degree heat (celcius) will certainly get me there at the moment.
  • I totally agree with Lulu and Dilauro that a therapeutic pool workout is wonderful. I have been doing that for about 6 weeks. After the first couple of sessions I was really tired and a bit stiff and sore but find I can do more and more each time. Now when I leave I almost always feel so much better than when I got there.

    My workout lasts for 1 hour I walk with weights (water weights), use hand paddles for resistance work. bicycle on the noodle, do a variety of stretches, squats, etc. I tried doing some of the same stretches on land that I do in the pool and was amazed at how hard they are - they seem so easy in the pool.

    If you can find a place with a therapeutic pool give it a try!
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