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TwinmomTN
09-17-2012, 09:08 AM
How many of you have had physical therapy and at what point in your recovery? I am 5 months post-op and was told by Dr. Lenke's office that I need to do p.t. I realize others have been told NOT to do p.t. so I guess this is supposed to help with the pain? I don't really understand how p. t. would reduce nerve pain. It seems to me that it would actually aggravate it. Can any of you nurses or other health professionals please chime in? Anyone else had physical therapy at or prior to the 5 month post op point? Anyone had p.t. for nerve pain specifically?

Thanks,
Pam

LSKOCH5
09-17-2012, 04:22 PM
Our son had great experiences w PT both pre and post-surgery. He began post at 6 weeks & continues to increase weights & bands, doing the prescribed exercises after his release. Strengthening the muscles seems to help in recovery - core muscles w planks, resistance bands for upper body - shoulders, arms, traps, rhomboids, upper back. Great pain relief pre-surgery - surgeon wanted him stronger going into surgery; Jacob had continually been in a lot of pain. They focused on rhomboids & the very day he began PT he had relief - not total, but a big difference. Do whatever Dr. Lenke prescribes for you re PT. And keep walking! Best of luck to you in your recovery.

rockycarm
09-17-2012, 05:51 PM
How many of you have had physical therapy and at what point in your recovery? I am 5 months post-op and was told by Dr. Lenke's office that I need to do p.t. I realize others have been told NOT to do p.t. so I guess this is supposed to help with the pain? I don't really understand how p. t. would reduce nerve pain. It seems to me that it would actually aggravate it. Can any of you nurses or other health professionals please chime in? Anyone else had physical therapy at or prior to the 5 month post op point? Anyone had p.t. for nerve pain specifically?

Thanks,
Pam

Hi Pam, I started PT after 6 weeks after fusion T9-S1. I cannot stress what it has done and continues to do for me. Every month I see so much more improvement. I seriously would be lost without it. Although the stretching hurts it feels so good if this makes sense. I too have nerve issues with my foot and it has helped me not so much with the nerve problem but with the ability to lift my foot up which has helped me not to stumble. I can't say enough about it, give it a try.

amelot
09-18-2012, 06:02 AM
I had surgery w/Dr. Lenke August 8 and stayed 2 weeks in St. Louis rehab. which really helped. However, when I got home I had a physical therapist who had me doing an exercise that really messed up my knee--inflammation and heated up. My occupational therapist had me doing exercises that caused very painful muscle spasms in my ribs. I would suggest you be very careful which exercises you do. I would have loved to have a therapist that stretched me (that's GOOD pain). I'm putting off any more therapy until I see Dr. Lenke in October, but continuing to do the exercises I got from his therapist and rehab.
another pam

Marina63
09-18-2012, 07:57 AM
My surgeon told me I did not need PT because I was so active before surgery. The problem was, I was so eager to get back to my exercise/weight lifting routine and did not have a clue as to how to do it safely. I asked my surgeon for PT and then went to a fabulous place here in Atlanta. My therapist helped me regain strength and flexibility. She was amazing and without her, I would not have recovered as quickly as I did. I started at three months post op and went for about three months.

I am 14 months post op and am back to my regular workout routine. I have been for about six months now. I feel great. The only issue I still have is tightness in the thoracic area that comes and goes in severity. Not painful at all. Just annoying.

LindaRacine
09-18-2012, 05:59 PM
I think most of the top spine center docs start physical therapy at 6 weeks for most patients.

Confusedmom
09-18-2012, 11:00 PM
I think most of the top spine center docs start physical therapy at 6 weeks for most patients.

Six weeks? Did you mean six months, Linda? Lenke's staff wouldn even discuss it until three months and has yet to prescribe it for me (at six months), despite my repeated requests. Hoping I'll get a script tomorrow!!

king14
09-25-2012, 08:23 PM
Six weeks? Did you mean six months, Linda? Lenke's staff wouldn even discuss it until three months and has yet to prescribe it for me (at six months), despite my repeated requests. Hoping I'll get a script tomorrow!!

I am scheduled for 6 weeks to begin my pt :) maybe it depends on How many levels are fused.