Oh I agree!! I've had four, well three because I didn't stick with the fourth, bouts of PT. One for my carpal and cubital tunnel of right had, and two for my back.
I loved the therapist I went to for my back. He also treated my arm as well even though the referral letter specified lower back and neck area only. I went for 80 visits twice for my back and neck area. I still do the stretches he taught me and some very LIGHT exercise.
Here in Kentucky, they have what they call a "Pill Mill" bill, known as House Bill 1. *insert eye roll here* They want to see that Pain Management doctors are doing other things to help patients manage pain other than writing prescriptions. So I take the steroid shots again, I had them before, they don't help, the doctor knows they don't help, but I have to take them anyway. And he recommended PT.
My GP, who is an APRN, made me the appointment in there other office as they have "physical therapy" there. I went one time. The "Therapist" was the girl who did the triage (took patients bp, weight, etc and then took the patient to the room). I stretched for about 10 minutes. I did a stretching exercise that my previous therapist taught me by using a corner in the room, to stretch out my shoulders. She said she had never seen that before! THEN she told me to get on the bike and ride that for ten minutes. ~sighs~ That was the extent of my pt for the day. Needless to say, I didn't go back.
She never showed me anything new to do, and I can do my stretches at home for free. It was pitiful to say the least.
And yes I agree, Physical therapist should be more educated on how to treat patients. Not every patient is the same, and not every patient shares the same pain. The pt techs should also be more informed on how to help patients better.
Hi! Has your doctor recommended an EMG to see if any nerves are pinched? Could possibly be a pinched nerve, or could be "tennis elbow" .
If he hasn't recommended it, ask him about it. I had/have carpal tunnel and cubital tunnel (think funny bone) and even after surgery, can barely grasp a gallon of milk. I won't tell you how many coffee pots I've dropped
My fingers on the right hand won't go together. I have to concentrate really hard and then it just ends up a V and my pinky is permanently hooked inward.
Please see your doctor. I wish you the best of luck and keep us posted!
Good morning! Have you mentioned this to your doctor? You may need to have an EMG (Electromyography) to see if you have Carpal Tunnel. It can also tell if you have nerves pinched elsewhere.
I was diagnosed back in 2006 while working as a data entry operator. The company sent me to a worker's comp doctor (who was useless of course) who sent me to their main office in Lexington, which is a two hour drive for me. Then I was diagnosed with a severely pinched Ulnar nerve (funny bone). They started me on Lyrica 800 mg and I worked up to three times a day. They wanted me to take it four times a day but couldn't do it as it blurred my vision too much.
After repeated PT and numerous EMG's later, I was deemed "fit for duty" in 2008, even though the last EMG showed severe carpal tunnel disease and severe pinched nerve at elbow AND neck area, more PT was recommended as well as Deep Tissue Massage. All that was ignored of course, and inn January I went to see my regular doctor (I had been to see him numerous times as well, as I didn't trust the W/C doctor). My doctor kept telling me to quit before I really messed up my wrist and elbow. My doc put me off work and I had carpal tunnel release surgery in May of that year. I haven't worked sense then, and can barely lift a gallon of milk.
Sorry for the rambling. My coffee hasn't kicked in yet.
Definitely speak to your doctor about this. PT can be great (LOVE my TENS unit) but they need a proper diagnoses to treat you.
Hi! I don't know where you live, but here in Ky, the physical therapist does not diagnose anyone. He gets the diagnoses from the doctor who referred you.
They may be able to spot other things, like an increase in pain when touching other areas, that the doctor might not be aware of and can recommend the doctor do more tests, X rays, MRI's, CT scans whatever.
Oh! My daughter's fine (at least one of them is LOL) she's 17 now and you can barely see the scar from her surgery. I swear if I'd gotten a hold of our old doctor when they did the ultra sound, I'd have strangled him right there. Let's just say that I'm not allowed back in his office. Ever. For any reason.
She's going to be leaving me pretty soon though. She's going to Florida to stay with her daddy for the summer, and taking her cousin with her. It's going to be really quiet here without her. I can't wait!! LOL!!!View Thread
Yes! My PM specialist is foreign too and sometimes I have a really hard time keeping up with him, especially if he starts to talk really fast. I hold up my hand like a crossing guard and he slows down. He says he has trouble keeping up with my "Kentucky talk" as he calls it. So we kid each other about the accents. He has a great sense of humor but not all doctors do.
Hope you have better luck! Sometimes you just gotta jump in there and tell them to SLOW down.
I'm sorry your pain is getting worse. I use to work in data entry and had to sit in a crappy chair for anywhere from 8 hours to 12 hours a day. I had to get up and move around more than usual because of the pinched nerve in my elbow and the carpal tunnel, and the back problems. They weren't too happy about it, but it was either that, or my doctor putting me off work. I did my stretching exercises every hour at work. Then it got to be too much and I just couldn't do it anymore. I worked two years longer than my doctor wanted me to but I kept telling myself "I'm too young for this bs. Have a family to support" etc etc, and kept pushing on until I couldn't. Please don't push yourself over your limit.
You mentioned yoga and I was wondering about that. I tried the DVD yoga for dummies but can't do a lot of what they have on there because of my back. Is there another DVD, book, youtube video, that you would recommend? I do a lot of stretches daily, three or four times a day, but I couldn't keep up with even the "dummies" dvd. I thought about taking a class for beginners but just can't afford it right now.