Thursday, January 10, 2008

physical therapy update: throwing in the towel


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At the end of three weeks of physical therapy I can safely say I gave it a fair shot (again) and that it has not helped me at all (again).

They did manual therapy and ultrasound. The ultrasound didn't do anything, and I experienced a wide variety of outcomes with the manual therapy.

Part of the problem were the inconsistencies between the people who provided my care. One person did nothing but hurt me. Another didn't hurt me much, but didn't help me, either. A third helped me some.

More often than not I left feeling about the same, then found myself in more pain than ever within an hour of my appointment. I don't see the point in continuing that pattern.

The only thing I got out of it were some better exercises. While these haven't done much to help me long term, they definitely help relieve the pain in the short term, which is better than nothing.

I will continue with the exercises and go to a massage therapist I've seen in the past. She does very good work, and I know she'll do everything possible to avoid making my pain worse.

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