Post L5 S1 surgery, PT comment
I had my second back surgery 3/16/14. It was to remove rods from my first surgery, L1-L5, in 2/10 and to fuse L5-S1. (I need to mention the doc also straightened my spine 12 degrees in the first surgery as a result of scoliosis, no small feat.) I am 72 years old, active and frustrated that the PT I have received after this surgery isn't doing much to help me regain my active life as much as possible. My PT girl wanted to know who my surgeon was as I walked into the health center without a walker (for this type of surgery) which she said is most unusual. She's been doing this 29 years. I have had all the PT allowed under the law and I continue to do those exercises as home. Today is July 12, almost 5 months post surgery. I was told the healing would be from 6 to 12 months and I can deal with that wait - anything to ease the pain. What I am having trouble with is standing up straight. My PT girl said with this particular fusion I won't ever be able to stand up straight, will always walk bent over. HAS ANYONE OUT THERE BEEN TOLD THE SAME THING OR IS EXPERIENCING THIS? Of course, not being able to stand up straight has its own set of problems.