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Old 10-12-2012, 04:45 PM   #1
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Physical Therapy

Hi everyone,

I am 3 weeks post-op ACDF at C5-C6 for spinal cord impingement, nerve root impingement.

I feel okay, but I have a lot of pain at my graft site, and in my shoulders.

My NS sent me to PT last week, and the therapist had me doing chin tucks, and various scapula exercises, including lifting a wooden dowel (maybe a pound), 130 reps in all. I had a horrible migraine after PT and didn't go back.

When did everyone start PT? What did you do at the beginning?

My NS wants me to come in for my 6 week visit with my x-rays before he orders more PT.

What does everyone think? Did I do too much?

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Re: Physical Therapy

FWIW, I have had three cervical spinal ops (ACDF, foraminotomy, laminoplasty) and never a minute of PT. The first two surgeons didn't even mention it, and the third prescribed it, but kind of in an oh-by-the-way-you-might-want-to-try-this manner. Having been taken by a PT billing mill after another problem, I declined to try it, and did just fine.

 
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Old 10-12-2012, 07:06 PM   #3
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FWIW, I have had three cervical spinal ops (ACDF, foraminotomy, laminoplasty) and never a minute of PT. The first two surgeons didn't even mention it, and the third prescribed it, but kind of in an oh-by-the-way-you-might-want-to-try-this manner. Having been taken by a PT billing mill after another problem, I declined to try it, and did just fine.

I dont even want to go to PT, I would rather get exercises and then work out at a gym. After I had my ACL repaired, the PT place stretched out my PT for an entire year, instead of 6 months. When I go back to work, I won't have time for PT, three days per week.

I guess I'll see what my surgeon says at my 6 week visit.

Did you have to wear a bone growth stimulator? Did you have an autograft with your ACDF? My hip hurts a lot. : (
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Re: Physical Therapy

My very limited experience with PT is that they are much more interested in milking insurance companies than in getting you better quickly.

I don't even know what a bone growth stimulator is. Sound like a gimmick.

I opted against autograft with my ACDF because I was told it hurt a lot and that donor bone worked just fine.

 
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My very limited experience with PT is that they are much more interested in milking insurance companies than in getting you better quickly.

I don't even know what a bone growth stimulator is. Sound like a gimmick.

I opted against autograft with my ACDF because I was told it hurt a lot and that donor bone worked just fine.
I'm hating my autograft right now. I can't stand for very long. I want to go back to work soon, but I work in a specialty animal hospital, and I need to stand for 10 hours or more.

A bone growth stim is this thing that looks like a steering wheel, and you wear it on your neck for 30 minutes a day. It supposedly causes a 20% increase in fusion. I don't know. I just wear it. LOL.
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Re: Physical Therapy

I had my ACDF C-6/C-7 surgery Sept 14th and started PT this last week. I go one day a week to start. I still have a ton of pain and nerve issues. I do the neck exercises and ride a stationary bike for 20. In two weeks I go to the gym to strengthen my arms. I was just told yesterday that it could take a year before I am totally healed and not having so much nerve pain.

 
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Re: Physical Therapy

The purpose to me of going thru PT is to strengthen up an area especially after surgery. You need to get back to where you should be so that you can function.

Going to the the gym is fine if you can do it. But doing the right exercises to help you before or after surgery is the important thing. I would never attempt to do it on my own. You could end up doing more damage if you are doing it incorrectly.

Yes there are probably PT places that are only out for the money. But there are places that rip you off in any industry. Its always a matter of finding a place that is reputable.

 
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Re: Physical Therapy

I started PT about 12 weeks after my C3-T1 surgery. I couldn't tolerate it then so I returned when I was 9 months post op. I am working specifically on muscle weakness in my left bicep and to stretch & strengthen the neck muscles to alleviate some of the spasms and pain I have been getting since the surgery. I can say that the PT is helping me - as long as I go consistently. I have been away from it for about 2 months and I can really tell the difference. I just returned to PT today. I can feel a difference with the muscle spasms after one visit. It isn't significant but it is enough to motivate me to return. Good luck!

 
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