Physical therapy is helping me get my life back on track. There are things I learn every time I go. So I thought why not share maybe it will help you too.
Waking up after lumbar surgery is no joke a very painful experience. I did what I could to get my muscles ready for it, because I knew it was going to be hell. I physical was unable to stand up after surgery. The nurses and therapist we’re there to tell me what to do. My mind was just trying to cope with the excruciating pain I was in.
The physical therapist that worked with me everyday was a welcome sight because as I getting stronger everyday. First the day of surgery they get you up a few times a day. Day two a physical therapist comes in, the next thing I new I was sitting in a chair.
Working patiently with me they showed me how to use my breathing to get through painful movements and to use my arms and legs. Than back to the chair for lunch. I was so grateful for the pain medication and muscle relaxers, because I would have been crazy with so much pain. I didn’t want to move at all because I new the physical trauma I put myself through. So I had an attitude I didn’t want you around me. All though anyone that could help me was a welcome sight. I needed help getting up so I could start walking. I’m using a walker and going as far as I could at least twice a day. The walker was my best friend for a couple of days.
Going right to the rehabilitation hospital was a blessing, I had physical therapy twice a day for 1 1/2 hours a day. My schedule started after breakfast and I’ve learning to walk with a cane, undress dress, dress, take a shower, move over and around objects with out losing my balance. These are things we take for granite. Rebuilding my core again so I can keep my balance. Finally going up and down the stairs is my goal.
Teaching me to get in and out of a car or do a barrel roll to get of bed is a blessing. I didn’t know how to move I was in so much pain. The therapist explained to me that I am trying to protect the area of trauma in my back. So I may do more harm than good. I’ll be put myself in more pain if I don’t learn to move in the correct way.
Doing things over and over again is necessary to gain my strength back. I may not have worked as much as I need to if I went straight home from the hospital. Physical therapist helped me learn more about my bodies ability to heal when under the stress of the trauma. Dealing with the pain and keeping my healing progressing is the goal. By setting up a program that incorporates the correct ways to move through my daily routine is how I got home.
I came home with a plan and stuck to it. After going in for a follow up, I found I wasn’t doing as well as I should be. So I am back in physical therapy and I am just about in the middle of my 6 week program, as I write this.
Going to a new physical therapy facility is good, so far I have learned that doing my exercises was good but now it was time to change things up. I now know which muscles I need to strengthen to support my spine from top to bottom. I’m stretch the muscles that I tighten. Parts of my spine go out of alinement and need to be supported by stronger muscles. I have a lot of work to get my back healthy again. I didn’t realize how much I was out of whack. Until now!