I went to physical therapy this morning for my first treatment. I don' t see where any thing good or bad came from it. One thing that struck me as odd is the therapist asked me why I was there. I told him because my doctor told me to. This guy is supposed to be as good as one can be in his field. He looked at 30 years worth of MRI's and asked if I was going to have surgery. He expressed more concern with the L5 area than the others. He asked if I had any numbness or tingling in the pelvic region and when I told him at times I do, he said if it ever gets more than it is now to go straight to the emergency room because it would need immediate surgery.
I don't know why he said this and I didn't think to ask, but I will next Monday when I go back. He had me stand and bend side to side and then forward. Well, when I bend forward I have to bend my knees to straighten back up. He had two students with him and when I bent my knees they all grabbed for me. I looked at them kinda funny and they said they thought I was goning to fall. That's when I had to give them my little talk. I said "If I ever fall down inside of this building, do not touch me, let me alone until I get up by myself." I repeated this twice.
The reason is because when a person grabs me they try to help me up which puts me in a twist and that causes more pain. The doctor did this last week in his office and I had to tell him to turn me loose.
The therapist did some minor treatment before straping me into a machine and having me bend forward as far as I could, doing 10 repetitions. The tenth one was hard to do. They then put me on heat pads with a tens unit (which I love) for twenty minutes and then sent me home.
I have an appointment next Tuesday with a neuro-surgeon in the afternoon, can't wait to see what he has to say...