I just had my out patient Physical Therapy evaluation, because I am not progessing enough at home therapy for insurance to continue- gggrrrhh. My right arm and shoulder are failing me with any walker therapy so gravity is not my friend. I have been limited to exercises that can be done in the hospital bed or wheelchair at home.
I had one of my shoulder muscle spasms that I have been having during the PT exam. Unfortunately, I did not have one of these when I went to have my shoulder evaluated by the surgeon. My physical therapist told me that this was a neurological problem and not a shoulder problem.???? I was very surprised. My tumor was at L2/L3 and my L4 is herniated. My neck is feeling pretty well since my May rhyzotomy/RFA. It is my shoulder and arm that are hurting so badly from a substitute PT and trying to use the walker. Has anyone heard of neurological symptoms above the spinal cord problems??? She said the the tumor was in my "Central Nervous System" VS some other nervous symstem that I think began with a "P". She said that this is more complicated and targets more areas of the body. It is not that I don't believe her. I just never thought that something occurring in your lumbar spine could cause nerves in your shoulder to fire muscles in your shoulder.??????? Has anyone else heard of such a thing??? Am I understanding this right??? She wants me to see a neurologist.??? Can you tell from seeing a spasm that it is neurological?? Has anyone had a lumbar disc problem and experienced upper body neurological issues? I know that we are not doctors, but if anyone has had any similar experiences I would appreciate any help.