Long story short: rough housing outside a bar back in Nov '02 messed up my back. A subsequent trip to the doc in Jan '03 was not helpful. A doctor switch and visit in April '04 was.
So I had my first PT visit today. Its not ART but I think it’ll be helpful. if not I may ask for a referal outside the network come June.
In either case during the exam the PT noticed a few things:
-I’m “off kilter” when he looks at my back. One side is higher than another…forget which.
-apparently my left side erectors look like a salami (my words). My right side…where the injury is…chopstick/hot dog. Definite imbalance either caused by my previous slight scoliosis or the trauma.
-right leg is weaker than left
He generally feels, based on what I’ve told him, that I either strained a muscle or a ligament and its causing the vertabrae to rub which is why my back cracks. he won’t know for sure till I take the x-ray…which I hope i can do tomorrow.
so hopefully after 8 visits I’ll have made some sort of progress.
otherwise its ART…on their bill (read HMO).