Chris, has any research been done on patient outcomes comparing people who receive spondy-specific PT versus those who receive more generic PT or personal training versus those who develop their own exercise regimens or follow guidance such as SAA's DVDs or the UK's NASS' patient brochure which provides detailed instructions for a bunch of exercises/stretches?
My experience is that PTs know a lot about rehab after injury, surgery, stroke, etc. and about general or core conditioning/strengthening/flexibility. But I've yet to have one (even those who have specialized knowledge of the pelvis) who had anything specific to offer regarding spondylitis. While they have recommended exercises that helped with core strength and flexibility, none of it had the impact I was looking for: reducing my daily pain.
I realize everyone is different, and I'm not down on PT. I actually believe PTs have a lot of knowledge and are very committed towards helping others. I know some folks have had great success with PT, but I also know a lot of spondies here have had experiences like mine .... so there is a lot of collective moaning and groaning: "PT, again??!!"
Jen, 42, happy partner of James and Moma to Evan, 14, & Lucy, 12.5 (Crohn's dx @ age 3; on Remicade since April 2010.) I take piroxicam, Flexeril, & Nucynta ER nightly. 3 anti-TNFs didn't pan out for me.
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