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ekkorose
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   Posted 12/2/2008 6:18 AM (GMT -7)   
To those who have had PT, do you feel it is beneficial? Did it reduce any of the pain or even the frequency of the pain for you?
 
Pamela Neckpain - since we have similar neck problems I would really like to hear if you have had physical therepy and how it effected you.
 
Thanks everyone!
 
Sarrah

Hysterectomy at 25

4 laproscopic surgeries since 24

Cervical stenosis in C3 & C4

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PAlady
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   Posted 12/2/2008 2:27 PM (GMT -7)   
Sarrah,
I've had tons of PT throughout my life. I'm in my late 50's now, but my neck problems started in my 30's. No known reason, although as look back I can say during my 30's I carried a lot of heavy purses and briefcases with my left arm/hand and I know that had to have contributed. Doctors back then just wanted to put me on meds and I said NO and went to PT. But I had to find the right PT, and since it was my first experience with PT, I didn't know about differences between them. One I had actually made things worse because she wasn't paying attention when she was working on me. So now I always ask first what a massage therapist or PT is going to do to my neck, before I OK them touching me. But i digress!

I had a magnificent PT back in the mid 1990's who worked on my neck and taught me all kinds of exercises, which I use to this day. I actually still think of her because she truly gave me a gift. Unfortunately she moved out of town. Is the problem cured? No. It's still there. But I've never had surgery on my neck, and rarely even need PT (I just had a couple of sessions on my neck which was the first time in years because I can mostly manage it myself). I do have to use a good pillow at night, watch my posture (at the computer is critical!) and use a lot of heat and stretches to keep my neck "ok". I had hoped the same thing would be true of my lower back, but PT helped but not enough to take away the symptoms that go down my legs and into my feet. So I ended up with surgery on my lumbar spine, and even that didn't help. I still go to PT, though, but stretch my sessions out. It sure helps to have the muscles loosened, and my PT can put my SI joint back in place, but he can't help with the nerve pain and he and I both know it. So I'm a huge believer in PT, and sometimes if it's just muslce problems you may be able to actualy cure things. But I think in most cases it at least is part of overall management of pain.

Sorry to be so long-winded!!

PaLady

ekkorose
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Date Joined Jul 2008
Total Posts : 329
   Posted 12/2/2008 5:33 PM (GMT -7)   
Thank you for taking the time to answer me. I go for the first time in years this Friday and will be going two times a week for the rest of the year but will have to take a break because of insurance changes that happen at the new year.

Hopefully it can help me cope with the ever increasing neck pain. My neck has gotten so bad it completly overshadows my pelvic pain most nights. No pain meds will even touch it and ice only lasts for so long.

Take care and have a good night!
Sarrah

Hysterectomy at 25

4 laproscopic surgeries since 24

Cervical stenosis in C3 & C4

_____________________________________________

 

Meds - percocet  3x day : nexium : xanax :

Supplements : calcium : magenesium :potassium : milk thistle : fish oil : B complex : vit E

____________________________________________

In the United States today, there is a pervasive tendency to treat children as adults, and adults as children. The options of children are thus steadily expanded, while those of adults are progressively constricted. The result is unruly children and childish adults. ~Thomas Szasz 


DavidH
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Date Joined Dec 2008
Total Posts : 26
   Posted 12/4/2008 11:13 AM (GMT -7)   
Hi Sarrah,

I am only new here but a can say I have ton’s of PT over the last 18months at a minimum twice a week. As I have a lower back problem I found that the time of the day makes a big difference for me late morning is the best as early morning I am to sore and late afternoon I am too tired. Also try different PT’s as depending on their background will affect how they treat you. For example I have some that do not push you as they are worried about hurting you more. And the old saying no pain no gain I found is true. But the pain should settle down again I have found usually around three to four hours afterwards.

I found also acupuncture worked great for me but speak with your PT and DRs.
I hope this was helpful

David

K9
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Date Joined Nov 2008
Total Posts : 263
   Posted 12/4/2008 3:00 PM (GMT -7)   
I have done a ton of PT as well, and to be honest I don't think it helped one bit.
What DID help was the awesome exercises the PT gave me to do. Those help a HUGE amount...
I have Fibromyalgia, but nothing else!

I take Lyrica 150mg b.i.d.
Tramacet 75 mg for breakthrough pain

Tried amitryptelene 2.5 mg but it made me a zombie!

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