So I am 3 weeks out from my microdisectomy at l5/s1. I am doing well. Walking, stairs, getting up and down from bed.
My doctor oked me for physical therapy. I went back to the same person I had before surgery.
He immediately went into a lot of stretching exercises that involved twisting. I expressed my concern about the disc and letting the scar tissue heal correctly. I thought blt was supposed to be avoided for more then 3 weeks.
I cut the session short after doing a few twisting motions. I didn't let my trunk turn too much. He wanted me to lay on my back and bend my knees left and right until it hurt. Another was to stand up and bend over to see how far I could go to reach my toes in front and left and right by stretching my arms down my side. He kept saying I had to start mobilizing these areas but I didn't want to. Stretching until I hurt tells me only muscle info and nothing about how much is too much for the disc.
I called my doctor and she said that yes I should be limiting my twisting and bending and maybe only do one repition. She had no real advice on what pt to do and said I should just find a pt I was conformable with.
I was curious what everyone else's experience with pt after 3 or more weeks. Is twisting not under load like on my back good for disc hydration?