Thanks for the response. How have you succeeded in losing so much weight without exercise? My Physiotherapist said to do three sets of ten exercises 4-5 times a week. I cannot walk without pain and mobility problems.
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I try do do my physiotherapy daily. The ten minutes are very painful, but the exercise program came from a PT who worked in Osteoarthritis for over 20 years. I believe her when she says stretching the painful joints are vital to keep them moving.
I stopped going to PT and stopped the exercises for about a week just to see if my pain would start to resolve. It did for part of it but not the new pain I am experiencing. I started back up this weekend with the PT exercises at home and low and behold I am in a tremendous amount of pain again even just doing a few of each exercise. This just doesn't seem right. I'm going to call tomorrow and ask for my final PT appointment to be an eval only and then scheduling an appointment with the ortho to make sure there isn't something else going on. The exercises really shouldn't cause this much pain while trying to strengthen the muscles. Thanks again for your input!
I haven't decided what to do about any remaining appointments. I ended up cancelling yesterday because I am sick. I don't have any more scheduled but will decide over the weekend if I am going to keep it up. I'm starting to wonder if there is an injury higher up in my leg that is being aggravated by the therapy sessions, especially the massage it seems.
I haven't had great success going to PT; I do, however, learn from either a doctor or the therapist what exercises they would have me, then I do them on my own, at my own pace. I've shared that theory with other people in the past, and they usually look at me like I'm crazy, but I just can't keep up with pace most therapists want me to be at. I know they know what they're doing, but from my experience it's just too much too soon. Their goal is to get to back to normal ASAP, but when it comes to chronic pain sufferers, you sometimes just need to take it easy at first. I'm not a doctor or anything, but my advice would be to do the exercises they recommended for you on your own, then when you feel you're ready to do more, you have that one approved session left, and they can assess where you're at and give you new exercises. Hope this helps and that you can get your foot healed!
YES!!! I was sent originally for Lower Back. They want to use heat, my back yells if I heat it... I respond better to cold. I can't bear my own wait on my hips all the time, there solution was stretches and stuff that put my back in *more* pain... I still do them at home. They gave me a print out of all the exercises they wanted me to do. I do them, but I don't do 10 or 15 at a time like they wanted I do 5 at a time... then go about my business... then 30 min to an hour later do another 5. I still get the quantity done, just not as quickly as they wanted me to do them.
Also, they had a Electro-Stem machine (not TENS) the moment they hook me up to it, it triggers a migraine within 5 min. After about 5 times of this I flat out told the PT I can't handle this. He then told me PT wasn't a good choice for my neck and I should just do the exercises at home.... I for the life of you can't tell you what they are, cuz they didn't give me a print out ....
I was doing Water Therapy for a while in a nice 89 to 92 degree pool. It helped a lot! I would encourage you to request it, and see if it helps ya any....
I'm curious if everyone has good results with PT or if there was ever a time where giving it up seemed to be the best choice for pain management?
I'm currently in PT for a foot injury after I fell down the stairs. When I fell, I was actually just finishing up PT for a foot sprain on the same side. At the 3 month mark with that injury there was a definite progression and I was only in pain when I had really pushed my limits. This time round I almost think that PT is making it worse. I took the weekend off of most of the exercises just keeping up with a few to try to give my leg/foot a rest from the constant aching I had been dealing with all last week. It was feeling ok with just a few jabs of pain here and there but then I went to PT today. Now the ache in the entire lower leg and foot is back with vengeance. As of today I only have one more approved session so I'm not sure what to do.
I know that I need to do the exercises and that I really need to work on my flexibility and strength in both legs. I have one exercise that I do that often I get nauseous when working on it. I know that shouldn't be happening but the PT just tells me to slow down and take more breaks if I am nauseous.
So anyhow, just wondering if anyone has ever found that even though you know the area needs help that PT was actually putting you into a worse pain flare than if you just worked on some of the exercises on your own?
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