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Post Op PT

airborne72airborne72 Posts: 245
edited 06/11/2012 - 7:52 AM in Back Surgery and Neck Surgery

I am successfully (to date) recovering from a PLIF at L4-S1 that was performed on 21 Jan 11. During my first post op consult (28 February) with the surgeon the xray should evidence of bone growth and he mentioned that he will most likely send me to physical therapy after the next evaluation. That appointment is next Monday (11 April).

My question to the list members is this - typically, what occurs during PT; how long are the sessions and how often; and what happens to your pain level after the sessions? I may be on the edge of convincing the surgeon that I can return to work, but I have no idea what awaits with PT and just how big "a hole it will poke" in my attempt to return to normalcy.

Hope everyone has a pain-free or a pain-managed day.


  • hi i am just recovering from the same op as you had my op on the 1st march

    i went for my first consultation from the PT on the 23rd march they ask you questions about what op you had they have a covering letter from the surgeon or ant PT as the hosp you have seen then they work out a plan to help with strength etc
    They tell you what your allowed to do etc im not sure how long PT lasts first session was an hour but carry on for ?? weeks
    my next apt is this wed 6th ... although my PT's and suegeon at the hosp forgot to send any follow up care for them to go on so i hope yours have done that
    I have not seen my surgeon and dont see him till the 15 june

    hope your having a good recovery

  • Hi jim i had alif at l4/l5 so mine ws a lil diff than yours and they might do diffent things each person is diferent i go to pt 2 x's a week for 30 min each session ride the stationary bike and i do a few lunges than i do 10 whole body presses than i do hip lifts they call a 3-and 9 and than i do a clam stretch and than my pt person stretches me out but each person is diff! the pain at 1 st is bad not gonna lie i was like ok not going back but i want my life back even a lil bit so ill do what i have to do and each time it gets less painful i do nothing the day of pt i come home and rest best of luck
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