Good morning to everyone who's awake on a rainy Saturday. I hope it's lovely where you are, be it Florida, Canada or Australia. (And all points between, natch.)
My question is about on-going PT. My own situation is that I've had 6 weeks of it, twice a week, and have shown improvement, in balance especially. My insurance is excellent and not a factor here. It could allow me to continue PT almost indefinitely, with the proviso that I think all insurance makes---that improvements be shown.
I like my physical therapist a great deal and I know her only motive is to help me. She isn't looking at me as a steady source of income, and there are loads of other patients anyway. But still, I'd like to think this thing has a beginning, a middle and an end. She works me hard for more than an hour each time. I often go home exhausted, with achiness that lasts for days. She lets up on me somewhat when I tell her I'm especially tired, and she knows that I do other exercise programs to help myself. These can be a bit tough too, but I've never felt exhausted from them, just PT.
I had an all-over strength and balance assessment at the beginning, and another after a month. As I said, my balance has improved significantly. No muscles show decreased strength, a few groups show slight improvement, and others stay the same. These last are the ones where weakness is attributed to MS, although in a sense she attributes all less that *5* scores as MS weakness. I know nothing about this part.
I gather from others here maintaining strength is the goal. I'm certainly doing that at this point. But I'm also getting tired of this open-ended PT schedule. I'd rather not be so tired, and I'd rather have that time for other things. In any case I'll still do my other physical activities and exercises. I'm not a couch potato.
I'd love to hear from the kind PTs who belong here, and also from other members who are having PT, or used to. Would it be reasonable to take a month off? Would it be reasonable to just stop, with the understanding that I can come back if necessary? Am I being foolish? Your comments most welcome.