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Re: PT vs Surgery

Re: PT vs Surgery

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Posted by Carol on November 17, 1999 at 10:25:46:

In Reply to: PT vs Surgery posted by Sandy on November 15, 1999 at 09:43:54:

: I have a c4/c5 herniation with pain and numbness down my arms, hands,back and sides. I am trying PT now with ultra sound, heat and traction. The only thing that seems to work for about an hour is the traction.
: I had xrays about a year ago at a chiropracter that read, 1. Mild osteopenia suspected. 2.Mild facet joint degeneration from L3/L4 through lumbosacaral level. 3. Moderate mid to lower thoracic spondylosis is present with mild disc narrowing. 4.Shallow right thoracolumbar curvature.5. Early spondylosis at C5/C6 accompanied by early uncovertebral joint arthrosis on left side.
: I am 41, is any of this normal at this age? How long should I wait for results of PT? Thanks, Sandy

Hi, Sandy. I am 44 and have gone through two surgeries on my neck for similar problems. I've always had back problems, as it seems to run in my family. I practically "live" at my chiropractor's office, when the problems are flaring-up! I can only say that I would not have surgery except as a last resort! This stuff usually develops from "age, over-use, and injury." I began having problems in my late twenties, on and off. With work, injury and such, it progressed to a severe degree of spondylosis. I had spinal stenosis and three herniated disks at C-4/5, 5/6, and 6/7 plus the mess of osteophytes all over the place with nerve-root impingement. I had the first surgery in 1995. It was done posterior and they did laminectomy, formainotomy, etc. This did not last very long, as I started having severe problems again, in this last year. So, I underwent an anterior cervical fusion just this past July. They fused the three levels and added plates and screws. Needless to say, I'm still trying to recover from this "repair job!" I go to physical therapy twice a week. Symptoms are still here, and sometimes even worse than before! Plus, trying to get used to how a fusion feels has been difficult for me. I hate to sound down, but I guess I had the problem going on for so long, it just doesn't go away that easily. Probably in my case, I know I will never be anywhere near 100% again. It's hard to deal with these problems, and somehow, you just have to keep "pushing-along." Try to never give up, even though you might feel like it! If you need somebody to talk to, my e-mail is cadt55@hotmail.com. I wish you all the best, and try to give the PT and other therapies as much chance as you can. Surgery IS a BIG DEAL! Let me know how you are doing. Thanks. Carol


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