I started physical therapy this past Wednesday at the Brownsville Back School, a place I really didn't want to see again. Well, maybe for a visit to see the nice folks there but definitely not as a patient. I had undergone an aggressive 8 week session this past February and March, following back surgery in late December. But since I graciously declined the cortisone shot in the spine, as mentioned in a previous post in this Blog, this was the course of action prescribed by my neurosurgeon. I'll visit 3 times at week for the next 4 weeks.
The routine, this time, is pretty much the same. I start with fifteen minutes on a recumbent bike then do 3 sets of leg curls. Various leg and back exercises follow before I end up with a heating pad under my lower back. However this time, 15 minutes of "electric stimulation" has been added. I'm not sure what is happening when my back is being "electrocuted" but I guess the hope is to relax the muscles in my lower back. Time will tell if it indeed works but the pain is still pretty intense every time I sit down.
I'll be back for my next session on Monday and you can be sure I'll "toe the line" while a patient there. The "Babes" of the Brownsville Back School will make sure of that!