Originally Posted by eris619
I have a question for all those who have had a PLIF. How many of you are getting physical therapy? Either water or regular... I am now 3 months post of and have been pleading for therapy. My joints ache, my muscles are tight and I am miserable. My x-rays look fine. Dr says that he wasnt planning on sending me for months and months of therapy. Prior to my surgery he said he would do whatever it took to get me better. I do walk on my treadmill quite a bit everyday so its not like I do nothing. Anyone have any advice for me?? It seems like Drs just dont follow through with the care....I feel cheated.. Thanks... ErIs
In my situation, I didn't get a script for PT until 12 weeks out. I assumed it was because they were waiting for a firm start to the fusion site before putting too much stress on the joint. My doctors really wanted me to do close to nothing (except for walking, of course - 2x a day) for that long. It really is important to not stress the site too much.
When I did go, I went 3x a week for 4 weeks, and then 1x week for 4 weeks. I was released from PT after that because I was doing so well, and I feel like they did a good job. I'm moving around much better and continue to do core stabilization and strengthening exercises at home 3x a week, stretches every morning, etc etc.
I had my 5 mo neuro checkkup on Monday and I am FUSED! Doc said to wait for until about 1 yr out from surgery to know for sure what the "as good as it gets" feeling is like.
So... patience is the word. I'm fused, but still healing around it. Still have SOME pain (mostly from the graft site), but I'm sooo much better. I take it easy, but gradually am increasing my activities.
I understand you frustration though. hang in there - hope it gets better for you!
August 1, 2003 PLIF