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11-12-2010, 01:59 PM
I was wondering how many of you went to outpatient physical therapy after surgery?

I spent 5 days in the hospital followed by 5 days inpatient rehab after my surgery.

The rehab automatically refers you to outpatient PT once you are discharged home.

My surgeon recommends a walking program at home and is leaving it up to me to attend OP PT if I want it. I am walking each day and doing the home exercises that rehab recommended as well.

Do you recommend OP PT as well? I welcome feedback from the forum. Thanks so much.

11-12-2010, 02:08 PM
I did 8 days in the hospital and then 8 more in rehab. I had the same orders--walking, rehab exercises at home. I also had a pt person who came a couple times a week after and a nurse. At about 2 or 3 months, I think, I started going to p.t. At first just very mild exercises in the 92 degree pool and walking in the pool. I found it very helpful. Then we added in things on machines as time went on. This was at our local hospital and I think the doctor wrote this as a prescription for me. Eventually after about 9 months I started going back to my regular gym and doing my own exercise tapes, etc.--very carefully, of course! I think it really is a good thing to do the p.t. They can help you with exercises to address whatever ache or pain you have at different points and check on your walking, etc. Janet

11-12-2010, 02:46 PM

I left the hospital after 10 days, practically ran out with hoses attached. They wanted me to go to a rehab facility, but I was tired of playing doctor. LOL. I just wanted to go home in a hurry! I was also a bull in a china closet.

Since this was my decision, Dr Menmuir had an army coming out to my house everyday which was great. The PT girl who came out realized that I was pretty beat, and had me doing very light stuff,(heel lifts) basically trying to keep me moving. She would get me outside and we would walk short distances, and I would do this everyday. Its important not only for blood flow, but to keep the bowelís moving somewhat. My arm was broken so the walker was almost useless. Short multiple walks everyday are best. Donít push too hard right now.

Like Janet said the warm pool is a good thing. It will feel strange trying to swim at first, but you will be ok. In fact, many things feel strange and some things seem almost impossible, but in time you will adapt and everything will be just fine. The main thing is to keep moving.

I did regular PT in gym, like Janet at 8 months post and that timing was perfect. The arm bike was great for working all the paraspinal muscles in the upper spine.

I think its an excellent idea, it worked for me.

Take things slow right now.... I recommend hot baths for pain 107degrees.
Careful with constipation.... Keep Mag Citrate available, 2 bottles.
I hope everything is ok. How is the sleeping? Can you get 3 or 4 hours?

11-12-2010, 03:24 PM
My doctor has me only walking right now. I should be at 3 miles a day by the end of November. I'm currently at 2.5 miles a day. He said that when I go back at 6 months he would put me on an exercise program. I did ask him if I could do some sort of arm exercises so I didn't turn to flab and he said I could only do arm curls as long as I don't do more weight than 5 pounds per arm and close to my body and as long as I do only curls and that 's it.

11-12-2010, 04:19 PM
Thanks for all of the recommendations. Ed, I am sleeping 5-6 hours a night. Still on all pain meds.

I was thinking that since I am fused like the tin man, PT would be a good idea.

11-12-2010, 05:07 PM

I donít think about the ďtin manĒ thing anymore... I know itís a little much in the beginning, and it takes time, but I donít even think about my back being a limitation at all.

Seriously. I went to bend down to look at some machinery a few months ago, and twisted as if I wasnít fused, and realized that I might not bend or twist that way anymore. It was a surprise.

In recovery, you take it easy physically. Mentally, you donít. You know that all obstacles will have answers, (which they do) and you stay way ahead of this in your mind. Pre-plan the goals before, otherwise they will not happen.

I never had any doubt that I would ski again. I had doubt and knew that limitations would exist in the sport. I knew and accepted this as fact and never was greedy. Apply this to your future goals......You will do this, the best way you can.

Karen will golf again. I have no doubt. She might not be able to drive a ball a mile, but she will need to accept this fact the same way I accepted my limitations in my skiing. (Iím an old freestyle big mountain skier 49th season)

Tin man. Nope. I donít buy it anymore.
Straw man... possibly. lol


11-12-2010, 05:08 PM
My surgeon never mentioned PT. Just walking, every day, twice a day, which I did for a year. I must say, the walking brings back your strength quickly. Makes you feel alive again.

11-12-2010, 05:45 PM
I haven't been prescribed OP PT either. I will ask about it at my 6 week post op appt next week. So far I'm doing a half hour walk each day, plus I climb up and down my stairs at home.

Appears each doctor has their own ideas about post op care, as well as their opinions about when one can return to work. My surgeon said about 3 months, but his nurse later said that realistically it could be up to 6 months. I'm in no rush. Just like Ed says, take it slow and easy.

11-12-2010, 07:37 PM
Hi, Chris!

I was also confused by the PT orders, as was Dr. Geck's nurse. She asked him, and told me it was okay if I wanted it, but not required. I'm going to skip it, but only because I don't have any more PT benefits until next year, so it would be completely out of pocket (which I can't afford). Plus I'm having other issues right now that are using up all of my energy.

It sounds like you're doing well since discharge! Keep up the good work.

11-12-2010, 08:17 PM
well me and laurie has the same surgeon he didn't have do PT because shince i was doing so well with PT while i was in the hospital at UCD