I was wondering if any other fellow back pain sufferers have gone to Dynamic Physical Therapy? They use the Medx technology and the Mckenzie system. I just had my first appointment last Wed, which was the evaluation and then had my first actual appointment with the physical therapy on thursday. Well they told me I would be sore for the first 2-3 weeks, then it would lessen and then I would start to feel some relief. I do not know if I like the no pain no gain approach here (not what they said, but thats what it feels like). Saturday I was in so much pain it almost ruined my plans for the evening. And still up to this morning, my lower back even hurts to the touch, like I had been beatin and it is badly bruised.
I have been through other physical therapy in the past and I perferred it much more then this new therapy, but it never brought me much relief though.
My back history:
I have 4 herniated disks, DDD, sciatica pain down my left leg, scoliosis and some mid and upper back issues starting. I currently take 6-8 darvocets,
3-4 Skelactin, 3 Lyrica and 2 Voltaren on a daily basis for my back pain. I have never had surgery for my back, nor any injections. I did go to a chiropractor for about 6 months (no relief either). I have been through physical therapy about 6 times in my life. I have had back pains since I was 8 years old, though most of the pain started when I was about 18. I had fallen when I was about 5-6 years old, and I think that is what injured my back.
My doctor had recommended this Dynamic Physical therapy or possibly a pain management specialist. He said he has has several patients go to Dynamic with much success. I can tell you that so far I do not like it at all and would rather go back to the place I went in the past, but not sure if anyone, including my insurance would give me a hard time.
Good morning, Rain. I don't understand what your doctor thinks is going to be accomplished with this therapy. Taking into consideration all of your spine problems, I just don't think that pt of any kind is going to be much help; certainly, if it is causing more pain, you need to talk to your dr. BTW, is this dr. a specialist? Perhaps you need a second opinion, maybe even a 3rd.....because the dr you are seeing now seems not to be too concerned about the instability of your spine.
I hope you will get that second opinion and that something will be done to help relieve your pain.
Well, the doctor I see now, is just my family doctor. I have been going to him since I was young. So he really doesn't specialize in back problems. He said it wouldn't hurt to try and also said several of his other patients really liked it. I can definately say I do not!
I have been to numberous back specialist doctors since I was 18 and all of them except 1 said I will need surgery at some point in my life. One of them wanted me to go for the epidurals and PT and if that did not help, he recommended fusing my lower spine together. All the other doctors recommended cutting away of the disk. None of them really offered anything else besides PT, epidurals and possibly surgery down the road. They all same the same thing- Well you have a really bad back.
The only doctor out of all of them that I did like (I started seeing him at around age 18 and seen him till @ age 25) I finally realised he was a major pervert! On my last visit to him he basically did something very inappropriate, which I am very mad at myself for not reporting it, but thought who would they believe, me or the doctor. Actually I didn't tell not a soul for a good year after it happened.
I know that I need to find a good doctor for my spine, but it is such a pain to have to go through the same thing with each doctor over and over again.
I am also scared to death to go for an epidural injection, I have heard many good stories, but have heard some not so successfull ones too. I think I have basically learned to adapt to living in pain on a daily basis, that most days I just deal with it. But it seems like ever so often, a few more pains get added to the ones I already have. My main new one is increased pain down my left leg to my foot. I have had the pains in my leg for a long time, just not down that far and as often.
I think I am babbling now. Sorry! Thanks for listening! Rain