My concern involves physical therapy.
I am about seven weeks post-op from a full on L5-S1 fusion that involved the 'full monty' -- screws, rods, etc.
My post surgery state was not one of those "OH! I was up and moving around in two weeks stories." I'm 60, so it's all been very glacial and slow -- the recovery.
On the fourth week the neurosurgeon wanted me started on PT. These exercises are primarily aimed at CORE STRENGTH, so it involves simple squats, standing on one leg, laying on floor and bringing stomach DOWN to the floor, some stretches for piriformis.
I was starting to feel much better BEFORE I started the PT, but now my pain level and weird nerve sensations down right side are BACK.
My PT therapist tells me to lighten up some on effort. To focus on walking and to take it easy, but that I need to keep doing these exercises. But, I dunno....I felt so much better BEFORE starting them.
This PT seems like a problem rather than an assistance.
Can anyone share with me his or her experience with PT and what your advice would be with post-PT pain.
Thanks so much,