Has PT ever really worked for you? After 20 years of chronic back pain and what my new neurosurgeon is calling a failed level 1, L4-L5 fusion from 5 years ago, he wanted me to try PT for 3 months before we talked about another surgery.
PT at the very best seems to be just another way to convince the insurance company that you tried other things before surgery. Maybe PT worked for some people, but it not only didn’t help me but at times seemed to do more harm than good.
After the first visit for an “evaluation” I was given some “homework” to do at home. Some warming up and stretching. What happens during each visit is just a waste of time. By the way this is a very reputable PT business. When you first get there you are put into area (light out and certain closed) and moist heat is applied to your back for approx 20 minutes. Then the therapist comes in and tells you do all of the exercisers and stretching that you were already doing at home for the next 20 minutes. She then goes around to at least 3 other patients that she is working on. Now 40 minutes of “my” 1 hour session has gone by. She then shows me a couple of “new” things to do that have no bearing on my back issue. One hour is over.
So the bottom line is that mine and the other 3 patients insurance companies all paid for a 1 hour session with the same person. Is this the cost of doing business? We all had co-pays and it wasn’t being done for nothing. Matter of fact my co-pay stinks and its $ 40.00 per visit. Besides all of this, is it any wonder that it did not do a thing to help my back. What happened to the one on one therapy that I was paying for?
Has anyone else ever had a better outcome of “real” benefit from PT?