After fusion did you go for physiotherapy? What kind of things worked best?

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grandmaroses
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   Posted 7/8/2012 10:00 AM (GMT -6)   
It's me again, I started physiotherapy 2weeks ago the first week was tens machine and some kind of suction machine the second time. She wanted me to ride a stationary bike but I said I wanted one week free of spasms before I do something like that. I am only covered for 8 visits so I want to make the most of them. Did you find any one or two exercises that helped you get more mobile?

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   Posted 7/8/2012 10:22 AM (GMT -6)   

 

         LOL!...so your back! wink ...thats quite all right!

   I used to, and still do PT at home...and one of the exercises I use, is to lay flat on your back and grab one leg behind the knee with both hands and pull your leg straight up towards you. Your rear end muscles are tied to your lumbar muscles and I found that after about a good 30 sec pull and release, that I got relief and it felt good. Repeat this on both legs of course. Also, again laying flat on your back, cross one leg over the other and with the opposite hand, pull on your knee crosswise and hold about 20 to 30 sec. It has the same effect as the first one, and may help loosen up the muscles. Of course, I would ask your PT about this first. My surgeon did not want me doing any PT for the first several months, as he said patients have been known to mess up the fusions.

     Take care, and don't over do it....those fusions take a long time to heal...way longer than one might think.

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grandmaroses
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   Posted 7/8/2012 10:41 AM (GMT -6)   
I see my surgeon again the end of August, he prescribed the physio so I will do anything at this point to be more functional.

Thank you
Take care
Rose



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   Posted 7/8/2012 10:46 AM (GMT -6)   
Once my incsions were healed I opted for water therapy. It was the best thing I ever did. Mine was unlimited and covered 100% by insurance so that helped tremendously. If you can find a warm water pool you can do alot of exercises on your own as well once you know what to do.

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   Posted 7/8/2012 10:49 AM (GMT -6)   

 

        Rose there are some videos on youtube that may help...but again I caution you to first ask your surgeon. You don't want to do anything that might undo what has been fixed. Some of the videos show the same technique I use, and I believe there is a name for it, but don't remember what it is.

'    Take care,

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grandmaroses
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   Posted 7/8/2012 10:54 AM (GMT -6)   
Thx I don't know why I always forget about YouTube. We have a community centre close that offers aqua exercises but my surgeon said not yet I did ask at my last appt. I am going to take my 2 grandsons to the pool though just so I can soak in the hot tub lol.
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   Posted 7/8/2012 12:15 PM (GMT -6)   
Rose

I would be cautious re the bike, I think you were right to say no for the time being. I am with Shell about the water therapy. You are much less likely to have problems in the pool and the warm water might help the spasms too. Having said that I would say you need to see a hydrotherapist first and once you know the exercises then you can do it yourself.

I was told to do the core strengthening exercises, just a few at a time, but many times throughout the day. And walking helps to strengthen the back, not laden with bags mind you. Lol.

Ggod luck Rose, just take your time and don't overdo it.

Jane
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