I need to start getting some sort of therapy for my back. Had surgery June 13, 2013 to fuse L 4-5. My surgeon is not very pro-therapy of any kind, all he says is walk. Well, I am sick to death of just walking! LOL My family doctor has cleared me to do some sort of therapy, and has written a referral so that I can try and get it covered through benefits. I want to get some sort of therapy because I feel stiff and sore, plus I will be in trouble if I start a gradual back-to work program after sitting on my butt for months. I know I need to slowly rebuild my stamina, strength and flexibility. But here is my question... what are the pros/cons of massage vs physical therapy? I am still sore enough to be really paranoid about someone touching my back, and the thought of being hooked up to some PT machine and left scares me to death.
What are your thoughts/experiences? Thanks......
47 year old freight handler. Decompression at L4-5 with open PILF and bone graft from left hip - June 13, 2013
48 year old freight handler. Bilateral foraminotomy, decompression of nerve roots and reduction of spondylolisthesis at L4-5 with open PILF and autogenous bone graft from left hip - June 13, 2013