Back hypertonic / work related injury
Injured myself last July at work pushing a heavy cart around a corner. Sprained mid back around the thoracic lumbar junction. X-ray showed no significant abnormalities but had some ossification in this area. This injury resulted in tons of back tension that works it's way up to the neck. It was so bad that I couldn't stay upright all day, I would be in severe pain because my back muscles didn't want to hold me up anymore.
Been through lots of physiotherapy and am now in a program where I am there for 6 hours a day / 5 days a week doing strengthening / stretching / education / cardio / work rehabiliation. I have felt worse and worse in this program and they keep telling me that it will get better. BUT I think it is making me much worse. The tension gets so bad that it makes my spine feel like it is going to snap because the tension pulls on my spine. I haven't had any neurological stuff like spreading to my legs but sometimes there is a trigger point between shoulder blades on right side that sends nerve pain down the right arm. Sometimes I get shooting pains across my lower back.
I am at my wits end. This is absolute agony for me. I am expected to continue with this physio program or I won't be covered by compensation. BUT I am at the point where I don't care anymore, I can't bare it any longer. I don't want to just lay around all day but I would like the chance to let everything relax and do gentle things throughout the day.
The excess tone at rest doesn't go away. IT helps when I take naproxyn, apply heat and my husband does massage. But it quickly comes back.
I am worried that it might be something else going on in my back. Is my back shot for life !!! do my nerves not know how to relax my back muscles anymore? It is only on the right side of back.
Would chiropractor be better ? I am scared of them.
I am going back to my doctor this week and I think maybe I should see an orthopedic specialist about this.
It just isn't healing. I shouldn't be feeling worse at this point. My spine is so stiff !!! AFter 6 months I should feel somewhat better not worse !!! I am getting really depressed.