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Hello LAF~

Again, differences in doctors!! Mine basically doesn't believe in PTs. Or maybe it is more that he leaves it up to the individual patient. He believes the best thing to do is listen to your body and do what you can and don't do what hurts! And walk, walk, walk.

But as I found out from experience, it is important to choose a PT carefully, almost as carefully as you chose the surgeon. Some PTs have more experience and training with spinal issues than do others.

That being said...did your surgeon recommend this particular PT at this particular time? I think everything as you've described it is OK. Some of it is designed to be sure you don't have nerve damage. As long as your back was firmly on a flat surface, the bed or the floor, stretching your knee toward your chest should have been OK. I assume nothing was forced and that you would have stopped if it had been uncomfortable.

You can pick up any book on back pain and see almost the same stretches and exercises. There is not a great deal of variety when it comes to exercises for the back. You just need to be sure to avoid any that involve twisting and bending from the waist. When you are months down the road and your fusion is healed, you will learn to bend from the hip socket forward, rather than bending at the waist.

Just remember, with any type of physical therapy, if something doesn't seem right, don't do it. Stop and question the PT. Always better off safe than sorry!!

I'm planning on starting therapy in a couple more weeks.

xx M:cool:M

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