My Physical Therapy

My gift to myself in December 2011 is physical therapy appointments.  Do you know difficult it is to get help medical treatment without a doctor’s note?!  I’m willing to pay for myself, yet no one will see me.  The problem with going through my doctor and a medical plan is that the physical therapist will only help the one part of my body that is under scrutiny.  What happens when your entire body is in pain all of the time?  And it’s not because of fibromyalgia or other medical issues?  I need someone who will listen to my story of where all my pains are and figure out what areas to work on first but then to continue fixing all the parts that hurt once we get one part fixed. 

We drove by this gym about a month ago, and I see a PT office inside the gym.  I made an inquiry afterwards and decided to go in.  I met this great PT who listened and then went through a group of exercises with me; she assigned some of them to me but also did a lot of range of motions types of things and did some one on one exercises that I wouldn’t be able to do at home alone without help.  About 90 minutes later, I was worn out but felt that I got my money’s worth, $115.  I made another appointment for one week later.  I was there for about an hour and it included 18 minutes on the treadmill.  She watched me walk, corrected my running gait… hahaha… running.  If nothing else, it gave me to confidence to walk for 2 minutes and “run” for 1 minute.  When I’ve been on the treadmill on my own, I’ve been walking for 5 minutes and then running for up to 1 minute, but wait!  I can do better!  $85 later, I left to return two to three weeks later.

I’ve been doing my PT exercises on a regular basis, two day on, one day off.  I feel sore on the second day but the day of rest feels pretty good, although the pain never goes away.  It’s been about 2 weeks since I first started this.  Right now, my IT band doesn’t really hurt, but I know it’s going to be in pain again… like what normal person needs to know where the IT band is?! Well, mine has hurt for years!  It’s the side of your body on each side that runs from your hip to your knee.  My lower back is sore but not as bad as normal, and I know there has been other improvement since the first day.

My goal is to continue with these exercises and then add the treadmill workouts on January 2nd.