I’m Thankful for my Physical Therapist

By
Real Estate Agent with eXp Realty of California, Inc. CA DRE #01490977

I’m Ever so Thankful for my Physical Therapist

 

I have chronic neck and back issues that have plagued me for decades due to a curve in my spine and neck, and have periods of pain, sometimes significant, lasting weeks at a time. But I don’t let it curtail my life activities and try to ignore it as much as I can, and getting some exercise plus seeing a chiropractor regularly has been a big help for many years now.

 

I recently completed a round of 14 physical therapy sessions at the recommendation of my doctor following a bout of particularly tough pain for about a month. Fortunately the xrays did not reveal anything like a tumor or bulging disks that might have been part of the pain…just some spinal deterioration and arthritis. PT was the answer.

 

I owe the physical therapist a big thank you.

 

The exercises we performed twice a week helped to strengthen parts of my back that were causing pain, and contributing to my bad posture. I also had a set of exercises to do twice per day for the duration which helped with strengthening – I’m doing a so so job of continuing them so need to improve on that.

 

I learned to become much more aware of my posture when walking, sitting or standing. The therapist felt I was doing things posture-wise that were contributing further to the pain that at times was constant. While I still have some periodic discomfort it’s much better and the awareness of how to appropriately bend, sit, stand, walk and carry things has been a big help.

 

I continue with regular chiropractor visits and am very thankful for that as the regular adjustments in my spine help a lot.

 

All in all I’m in pretty good shape and am ever so grateful for being so, given the alternative!!! And what others I know are dealing with! I have nothing to gripe about.

Comments (26)

Jeff Dowler, CRS
eXp Realty of California, Inc. - Carlsbad, CA
The Southern California Relocation Dude

Thanks Elyse Berman, PA  Spine Zone was a great place. I was there a couple of years ago for neck issues (different PT) and they did a great job.

Yesterday was tough on the back - probably on my feet most of the day cooking, etc. - but it was worth it.

Hope you had a wonderful holiday!

Jeff

Nov 26, 2021 11:30 AM
Kathleen Daniels, Probate & Trust Specialist
KD Realty - 408.972.1822 - San Jose, CA
Probate Real Estate

Our healers at times feel like miracle workers - don't they?  Taking a pill only diminishes our pain. Getting to the root cause and healing it is the solution. 

Nov 26, 2021 12:29 PM
George Souto
George Souto NMLS #65149 FHA, CHFA, VA Mortgages - Middletown, CT
Your Connecticut Mortgage Expert

Jeff it is good to hear the therapy sessions were successful.  Living in pain is tough to do, but we can't let life stop because of it.  Glad to hear you have not let the pain control your life.

Nov 26, 2021 02:54 PM
Ron and Alexandra Seigel
Napa Consultants - Carpinteria, CA
Luxury Real Estate Branding, Marketing & Strategy

Jeff,

It is important to appreciate all those who contribute to our lives, and I am so happy to hear you are doing well.  A

Nov 26, 2021 03:09 PM
Debe Maxwell, CRS
www.iCharlotteHomes.com | The Maxwell House Group | RE/MAX Executive | (704) 491-3310 - Charlotte, NC
The right Charlotte REALTOR!

Oh, I'm so glad you found a great therapist, Jeff. It's a challenge to find a good one these days but, when you suffer from chronic back pain, a good one is SUCH a godsend. 

I hope you and yours had a lovely Thanksgiving!

Nov 27, 2021 08:14 AM
Jeff Dowler, CRS
eXp Realty of California, Inc. - Carlsbad, CA
The Southern California Relocation Dude

Definitely no fun Kat Palmiotti  Thankfully most of the time it's manageable. And I stay away from pain meds and use Tylenol only on occasion.

Jeff

Nov 27, 2021 04:03 PM
Jeff Dowler, CRS
eXp Realty of California, Inc. - Carlsbad, CA
The Southern California Relocation Dude

Thanks Brian England  I just need to stay in the habit of doing them regularly.

Hope those surgeries went well  Nina Hollander, Broker .

Jeff

Nov 27, 2021 04:05 PM
Patricia Feager, MBA, CRS, GRI,MRP
DFW FINE PROPERTIES - Flower Mound, TX
Selling Homes Changing Lives

Jeff Dowler, CRS - literally, I feel your pain because I have major chronic problems with my spine too. Physical therapy didn't help me but I am so glad to hear you are grateful for your physical therapist. It gives me hope to know, there are really great physical therapists out there. May you be be comfortable and resume normalcy soon. 

Nov 28, 2021 08:53 PM
Roy Kelley
Realty Group Referrals - Gaithersburg, MD

Thank you very much, Jeff, for sharing your experience.

I also have back pain during every day.

Nov 30, 2021 09:25 AM
Sheri Sperry - MCNE®
Coldwell Banker Realty - Sedona, AZ
(928) 274-7355 ~ YOUR Solutions REALTOR®

HI Jeff Dowler, CRS - This is great news!  I am glad that your therapy is working!  

Nov 30, 2021 10:40 AM
Jeff Dowler, CRS
eXp Realty of California, Inc. - Carlsbad, CA
The Southern California Relocation Dude

Glad you found some relief for the knee issues Wayne Martin! I know more people than I can count who have ended up with knee replacements, or surgery in general!

Jeff

Nov 30, 2021 07:24 PM
Jeff Dowler, CRS
eXp Realty of California, Inc. - Carlsbad, CA
The Southern California Relocation Dude

Magic it was Michael Jacobs  but sadly not something that can just be cured. But having some relief was a big deal.

Jeff

Nov 30, 2021 07:25 PM
Jeff Dowler, CRS
eXp Realty of California, Inc. - Carlsbad, CA
The Southern California Relocation Dude

So true Kathleen Daniels, Probate & Trust Specialist  I try to avoid pills unless there is no alternative. My issues with my back are not curable...it all boils down to maintenance. I was pleased with my PT and expect I will be back there again sometime.

Jeff

Nov 30, 2021 07:28 PM
Jeff Dowler, CRS
eXp Realty of California, Inc. - Carlsbad, CA
The Southern California Relocation Dude

So true George Souto  I have been dealing with this for decades and just live my life as best I can. I refuse to let the pain take charge and there are some things I can do to relieve it.

Jeff

Nov 30, 2021 07:29 PM
Jeff Dowler, CRS
eXp Realty of California, Inc. - Carlsbad, CA
The Southern California Relocation Dude

Thanks Ron and Alexandra Seigel Recognizing and thanking those who have helped us is important!

We had a wonderful holiday Debe Maxwell, CRS  with some of the family here. Unofruntaly with all the cooking and being on my feet fo so many hours my back suffered a bit. I just ignored it as best I could.

Jeff

Nov 30, 2021 07:33 PM
Jeff Dowler, CRS
eXp Realty of California, Inc. - Carlsbad, CA
The Southern California Relocation Dude

Thanks Patricia Feager, MBA, CRS, GRI,MRP  Sorry to hear you have back issues, too. The PT was a big help this time but it's not a cure for what ails me. I will just continue on with the chiro, exercises, and occasional PT when things get really bad. 'm pretty used to it at this point in my life! Life goes on!!

Jeff

Nov 30, 2021 07:36 PM
Patricia Feager, MBA, CRS, GRI,MRP

Jeff Dowler, CRS - my back ussues started several years ago but rather than go through surgery, and finding out there's no cure, I've learned to cope, like you are doing now. I wish you the best of health. 

Dec 01, 2021 12:42 AM
Jeff Dowler, CRS
eXp Realty of California, Inc. - Carlsbad, CA
The Southern California Relocation Dude

Sorry to hear that Roy Kelley  I suspect it's a pretty common problem.

It certainly helped me through the significant pain I was having Sheri Sperry - MCNE® 

Jeff

Nov 30, 2021 07:47 PM
Laura Cerrano
Feng Shui Manhattan Long Island - Locust Valley, NY
Certified Feng Shui Expert, Speaker & Researcher

A goods professional work small wonders at the craft they choose. Great to hear it!

Nov 30, 2021 08:38 PM
Beth and Richard Witt
Long Island Cash Home Buyer - Center Moriches, NY
Long Island Cash Home Buyer 516-330-6940

So happy to hear you found a great Physical Therapist... When we live with pain all the wonderful folks who dedicate their lives to giving us a helping hand we realize the wonderful blessings they are ... I have lived with spinal stenosis plus Lupus for many years and I can't begin to tell you how much I appreciate my caregivers...

God Bless You

Dec 01, 2021 02:38 PM
Rocky Dickerson
Realty One Group - Las Vegas, NV
Superior Service!

Good morning Jeff Dowler, CRS ! Keep up the good work with the PT, we want you happy and healthy for a long time

Dec 08, 2021 07:59 AM