This thread has a different purpose than the other one I started. With that one I was curious about physical therapy as a possible treatment for scoliosis. In lieu of surgery. I have no illusions anymore that PT is a cure for scoliosis.

With this thread I am concerned with physical therapy as a restorative, after fusion surgery. I'm noticing I am weak, partly from wearing my brace all the time, partly from avoiding certain things I could do before, like bending to the ground or lifting heavy things. I've been babying myself and I'm out of shape.

Is physical therapy necessary after surgery? Is it helpful? What are its goals? What muscles of the body are targeted and why? Are my problems with walking possibly simply due to lack of stimulation of certain muscles that PT might correct?

What are people's experiences with physical therapy post-surgery?