Posts Tagged ‘physical therapy’

Whats your Exp with Epidural steroid injections?

Monday, September 12th, 2011

I got hit by a semi-truck back in December.Thanks to driving a Chevy avalanche; I walked away no broken bones, however I have horrible sciatica when ever im sit on anything soft.(which is almost everything) My Pain management doctor wants to do ESI and maybe even some micro surgery to relive pressure, remove debris.

Although I have tattoos all over my body, i have never enjoyed the thought of a needle entering my arachnoid space. Any one out their have any exp. with ESI….?

These are gonna be Low epidural steroid injections…like L5/S1. for constant sciatica..

I am also 26 years old, and I have already tried chiropractic care,massage therapy, physical therapy, and acupuncture…and still no relief…
I have also tried pain medication and being on pain medication is also not an option, since I am a medical professional and cannot be high (well it wouldnt be ethical) while at work.

will chondrotin and glucosamine (excuse spelling pls), or chiropractor, help heal bulging back discs?

Thursday, August 25th, 2011

I know that they are generally recommended for joint pain and actually have made me more achy, years ago, when I had joint pain, but now I have injured several discs in my back and have bone spur on T10. Any chance this concoction would help my back to heal? I am to start physical therapy 2x/wk, for 6 weeks. But should I also go to a chiropractor and a massage therapist who treats injuries?Thanks for your help!

Is it ok to do physical therapy ,and also be treated by a chiropractor?

Wednesday, July 20th, 2011

I’m wondering is it ok to do physical therapy ,and also be treated by a chiropractor?

More options for lessening pain with spondylolsisthesis 25% slip and bulged disc between L5 and S1?

Monday, March 7th, 2011

I have a Grade II Spondylolisthesis forward slip of my L5 over my S1. I’ve had symptoms since October 9th, 2009 although the doctors I have seen believe it is an older slip than that. My back started hurting during morning workouts for basketball. (I play at a Division II school and we are active all year round.) The pain was very intense for the entire weekend. After a few visits to the training room, they got it feeling a little better, but it was still a 5 on a 1-10 pain scale. Season started a few days later and I played the entire season as a back up center. I was a freshman. I’ve been doing physical therapy ever since it began hurting and ice at least once a day if not more. Heat does not affect my pain level, neither does muscle stimulation and I have tried both several times. I have visited the chiropractor frequently since it started hurting but it didn’t change my pain levels. For the last year and a half, my pain has never been below a three, most of the time it is around a five. I found out my diagnosis of spondylolisthesis in May of 2010. I visited several specialists and did no physical activity other than physical therapy as prescribed by an orthopedic surgeon for three months.
My pain level did not change so they decided to let me deal with it as I wanted and I chose to resume conditioning and practicing for basketball. I am redshirting this year (just practicing, and not playing in games) and my pain level is about a constant four. I have had two Cortisone epidural injections, one at S1, the second at L5. The first one hurt for the first four weeks and then felt better for ten days, after which my pain went back to a four. Before the first injection, the orthopedic surgeon I saw prescribed me Traumadol to attempt to relieve my pain, it did not help. Two months after the first injection, I received a second one, which increased my pain to a 6 for a week, and then went back to a four. During that week they prescribed me a generic brand of Vicodin, which did not help. I don’t know what other options I have left until surgery. I can deal with my pain, but I don’t want to live the rest of my life in pain. I am 6’2" and 170 lbs, not overweight, just muscular, I am an athlete. Losing weight isn’t going to change my pain level, please don’t suggest it. I do not have any radicular pain stemming from my back, the doctors I have seen do not believe I have any nerve damage. Although a CT Scan in November showed I have a bulged disc. I have had numerous X-rays showing the slippage. What options do I have left to decrease my pain?
I have tried
1) Over the counter medication daily
2) Prescription drugs
3) Muscle stimulation
4) Ultrasound
5) Heat
6) Ice
7) Rest
8) Rest with physical therapy
9) Chiropractic manipulation
10) Physical therapy with regular activity
11) Water workouts
12) Cortisone epidural injections
13) Corset brace
14) Back binder (Velcro straps that wrap around from back, attached to spandex shorts)

Nothing I have tried has given me relief from pain. What are my other options? I want to avoid surgery and will not consider it until I am done with basketball. I will probably avoid it even then. I want to continue playing basketball, but if there is an option that will decrease my pain but necessitates rest and let me return to basketball in the future (before October 15th, 2011) I would love to hear it. Thanks for reading all of this and for all of your help!

how much of a settlement should i get?

Wednesday, February 9th, 2011

I was involved with a rear ending with a semi he hit me at a red light i went through chiropractic care physical therapy and then had neck surgery with disk replacement with plastic disk and titanium plate put in and they don’t know if its going to help my doc bills are at 130,000 and i am not able to work till doc gives the ok to
i am currently still in physical therapy for 4 weeks then go back to surgen to have neck checked out just the surgery was 80,000

How should we deal with my husband's back pain?

Monday, January 3rd, 2011

Hello, all. I really need some help on this one, especially from anyone with expertise. I know I’ve seen chiropractors and such on here before, so I’m counting on you guys. :)
My husband has been dealing with serious back pain off-and-on for most of his life. It got a lot better during college, when he was frequently alternating between sitting, walking, standing, and active exercise. However, after college, he got a desk job. He spends a great deal of time seated, with his arms outstretched to work on the computer; he is a graphic designer. After a few months of working there, his back problems started to come back with a vengeance. Around a year ago, I got him going to a chiropractor. It really seemed to be helping a lot. However, after his visit yesterday, he found out that he has run out of insurance-covered visits. He asked how much it would be without the insurance, but it was more than we could afford, even if we cut back to once every two weeks.
We’re considering trying to get him in to see a regular doctor, since that would still be covered by the insurance, but this presents its own set of problems:
1. He works from 9:00 AM – 6:00 PM Mon. – Fri. and he’s low on sick days, so we pretty much have to find somewhere that’s open late or on the weekend.
2. He doesn’t handle pain pills well. It’s not that they make him sick, it’s just that they only seem to work for a rather short period before they lose effectiveness. In addition to being rather hard on one’s liver, this sort of thing could lead to addiction, and makes pain management rather difficult.
3. Surgery would, to my understanding, likely put him out of commission for months, and I don’t believe he would be eligible to continue receiving pay that entire time.
4. Our insurance company puts physical therapy and chiropractic under the same category, if I’m not mistaken, so it probably isn’t an option.
As you can see, we’re in a bind. He’s been searching for other work for the last 2 years, and has not had any luck as of yet. We don’t know what to do. Please help!

Spinal Cord Stimulator ?

Thursday, December 30th, 2010

I’ve gone over all the pros and cons of having one and have done everything else (epidurals, injections, physical therapy, chiropractic treatment, acupuncture, and some others) to help manage my severe chronic pain. If anyone has not had sucess with one what else have they tried? How many on here have had success with one and by about how much has it relieved your pain on a percentile range? I’m having one put in on the 29th for a trial to see if it works. It will be done in the dr’s office since she has a floroscopy room in her office. I listened to Jerry’s story at

I hope it will help. I have RSD/CRPS, failed neck surgery for a ruptured disc at C5-6 and it took me awhile to find a dr. who does them for the cervical (neck) area. My pain is in both shoulders and mid-back area. I have continuous muscle spasms in my traps. I’ve been on high doses of narcotics and other meds with not enough relief. I’m ready to do this and know it’s not as bad as having a hysterectomy or my neck surgery I’ve had. I’m not scared of this since I’ve wanted to die anyway due to the unbearable pain.

Does chiropractic care work?

Tuesday, December 28th, 2010

I’ve been dealing with knee pain issues for 6 months now with little-no improvement using conventional medicine (rest, physical therapy, ice, NSAIDS). The ortho said surgery is an option, but not a good one, so I’m ready to try alternative methods. I’m skeptical a chiropractor can help but would love to have some testimonials.

Do you think that Brett Favre will attempt to play in 2011? I feel that once this season is over in 2 weeks?

Friday, December 24th, 2010

and Brett has the off-season to rest his injured body, with massage, chiropractic, physical therapy, possible surgery, and general rest and relaxation, the Favre drama will start up again and the speculation will start up again as to whether or not he will play in 2011. I don’t think he’ll be a Viking again, but i’m sure there is some team out there willing to give him a contract. It won’t be for the 16 million he made this season, but he could command around 8-10 million for 2011. I think this whole drama will continue every season until Brett is around 45. Just like it did with Roger Clemens when he was into his early 40′s. My prediction is, Brett will attempt to play again in 2011. What do you think?

knee and ankle pain? please help?

Thursday, December 23rd, 2010

Hi. I have have these pains for a while, but they seem to be getting worse. We have gone to so many doctors and none seem to see anything. A few months ago, we saw an orthipidic. Many x-rays have been taken before but we urged that something must be wrong. They found a small something, and we had an MRI done. They didn’t tell us what they found, but I ended up having to get surgery on my knee and ankle both so they could try and see what was happening. Still nothing. It has been 2 1/2 months since my surgery and my pains have started getting a little worse then before. I have been having a horrible time getting to sleep lately because of it. One thing that is really weird is it only hurts in the evening. All day long its perfectly fine but after 8:00 I start going down hill. Also whats strange is when i went on my vacation, we went to a dude ranch and rode horses at least 4 hours a day. That whole week I felt fine, and no pain whats so ever. What can I do to releave the pain so I can sleep? Doctors have not helped me at all, and I have done chiropractic. Also, do you think physical therapy would help me? Thanks everyone!!
FOR these people that think im asking for a diagnosis, IM NOT! I am asking ways to releave PAIN and if physical therapy would be a good idea or not!