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Has Anyone Else Found Physical Therapy Doing More Harm Than Good?

Has Anyone Else Found Physical Therapy Doing More Harm Than Good?

I cannot tolerate physical therapy especially of the spine. I've had surgeries and I'm sure that has contributed. PT just aggravates my fibromyalgia and magnifies my pain.

A myRAteam Member said:

I find it helpful, if it hurts too bad to do it, don't do it, but let the PT know that that hurts bad. I was told by mine if it hurts too bad, don't do it, but try again tomorrow.

posted over 5 years ago
A myRAteam Member said:

You may want to research the different therapy clinics on-line as well. You can see where the therapists went to school and what they teach. When I first started therapy, all I did was sit in the jetted pool for about 10 minutes. That is all my body could handle. It was not until I could be in the pool for 20 minutes that the therapist started having me do some doing exercises. That may be what you need to do. Your doctor may actually have to write that on the therapy orders. Feel better. =^^=

posted over 5 years ago
A myRAteam Member said:

Yes it was. I've tried therapy with 2 different clinics 2 yrs apart same result extreme spasms and pain. I feel like they are treating me like a number. RA/fibro is such an invisible disease. I don't look as bad as I feel :-( I will check with my rheumy and see if she uses a specific PT clinic or therapist.

posted over 5 years ago
A myRAteam Member said:

I've had both good and bad therapists. Some have left me in alot of pain. Most have been really helpful and good. I've learned to ask what experience and training they have working with rheumatic diseases. If they have to stop and think or can't give me a clear answer, this is not a therapist I want to see. Some therapist provide "ortho-adapted" therapy for their rheumatoid patients ... not the same at all! Not sure what is going on with your spine. I have had two spinal injuries and one surgery. I receive pain management as needed, a cervical massage, and pool exercises for the lumbar area. Before the cervical massage, heat packs are placed on my back to make sure all the muscles/tendons/etc are warm and nicely loosened up.

Physical therapy works. Perhaps you have the wrong therapist and/or treatment. If you are hurting, your treatment is without question too aggressive.
Feel better. =^^=

posted over 5 years ago
A myRAteam Member said:

I go to a specific arthritis program at the hospital. I tried traditional Physio; however it did not work for me. Check with your local arthritis society for programs near you.
Best of luck and hugs!

posted over 5 years ago
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