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Old 03-12-2019, 05:54 PM
 
Location: Southwest Washington State
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I went to my first physical therapy session today. They mostly did evaluations and sent me home with exercises to do. I say “they” because I have two therapists, one of which is a “doctoral intern”—if I understood what he told me.

So, these two young guys were poking and prodding, and having me move my legs around. They tell me I have tightness in my lower back, and I believe one of the vertibra is out of line.

Apparently my leg pain is referred pain, which is caused by my arthritic back, and the out of line vertibra.

So far nothing they had me do hurt, except for one exercise which oddly enough hurt my shoulder.

Am I just a walking mess, or what? Bad knees, bad back, bad shoulder!

I go back next week. I don’t know whether to dread the next session or not.
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Old 03-12-2019, 08:02 PM
 
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First visit is usually an evaluation.

Do the exercises and go to your next appointment
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Old 03-12-2019, 08:34 PM
 
Location: Southwest Washington State
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First visit is usually an evaluation.

Do the exercises and go to your next appointment
Well, I intend to.
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Old 03-12-2019, 09:57 PM
 
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Old 03-12-2019, 10:06 PM
 
Location: NE Mississippi
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In our state you must be referred to a PT by a doctor. So pardon my confusion, but why are you at the PT?
Some of what you describe is solidly under the chiropractor's area. I use chiropractors and have for 30 years, but I understand that a lot of people feel differently about them. If you are open to it, I would encourage you to visit one. Get someone who is using one to recommend him. There is no pain associated with chiropractic service.
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Old 03-12-2019, 11:23 PM
 
Location: Southwest Washington State
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I was referred by an orthopedist after my MRI.
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Old 03-12-2019, 11:50 PM
 
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In our state you must be referred to a PT by a doctor. So pardon my confusion, but why are you at the PT?
Some of what you describe is solidly under the chiropractor's area. I use chiropractors and have for 30 years, but I understand that a lot of people feel differently about them. If you are open to it, I would encourage you to visit one. Get someone who is using one to recommend him. There is no pain associated with chiropractic service.
PT and chiropractic are not the same thing and what a PT does is not "under the chiropractors area"

Chiropractic care by and large is nonsense and the fact that you have been "using chiropractors for 30 years" points out one of the main differences between PT and chiropractors......PT's actually fix a problem.....you don't hear about people using PT for 30 years....

https://cityparkpt.com/pt-vs-chiropractic/

OP no need to dread the PT you are in the right place to treat your issues, avoid the chiropractors....
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Old 03-13-2019, 05:19 AM
 
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I've had PT that was helpful and PT that was not.

Try to get a PT that is affiliated with sports medicine. Same for chiro. They are of the mindset in getting people better, they don't drag out the therapy.
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Old 03-13-2019, 08:46 AM
 
Location: Northern Appalachia
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In our state you must be referred to a PT by a doctor. So pardon my confusion, but why are you at the PT?
Some of what you describe is solidly under the chiropractor's area. I use chiropractors and have for 30 years, but I understand that a lot of people feel differently about them. If you are open to it, I would encourage you to visit one. Get someone who is using one to recommend him. There is no pain associated with chiropractic service.

I've had the exact same kind of treatments at both a PT and a chiropractor. Of course, the PT will not do spine manipulations, which is strictly a chiropractic treatment.
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Old 03-13-2019, 08:55 AM
 
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They tell me I have tightness in my lower back, and I believe one of the vertibra is out of line.

Apparently my leg pain is referred pain, which is caused by my arthritic back, and the out of line vertibra.
You might need someone at home to help go through the exercises if it's too stiff/tight. Pulling the two legs up to the chest would be a candidate for assisted stretching. There are actually assisted stretching studios opening up to do just that. Another suggestion would be to apply a heating pad or take a hot bath or shower before the stretching.
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