Originally Posted by Bellat
The massage therapist does work on the trigger points. They do get the knots to come down, but by the time they turn me back over they are already stiffening up again. I do have a job where I lift heavy boxes and use my hands in a stretching, gripping, repetitive motion, not to mention stress over the top. I'm so close to retiring that I'm not trying for a WC. I just want to be fixed before I retire.
A few more questions..
How long have you had these symptoms?
What is avg daily pain level?
How long til you retire?
Have they done xray/MRI of c spine at all yet? That is usually a must have since c spine issues can also cause hand/arm pain & symptoms, c spine cause has to be ruled out.
how is your upper body posture overall? head/shoulder forward /hunched?
PT was not able to help me much while I was still working (production/assembly work) and it still took 2.5 yrs - some healing was delayed per WC baloney & MDs not being knowledgeable of TOS /chronic RSI/myofascial conditions.
I did find an adv PT & a very good DC that helped me the most, plus all the misc things I found for self help/home therapy.
here are a few things-
You might need to consider WC even if to cover the PT and check ups &/or any missed time - does wc in your state allows for you to seek your own treating dr. And if you decide to do WC then an wc atty (a good one) is a good idea, interview many before signing up with one. Find one with a good office & staff as they are the ones you will talk to the most.. usually a good atty should have a good office staff. I didn't realize this when I got my wc atty...
TOS isn't usually something you can fully fix on your own & PT is costly. Luckily my DC was able to do the billing with little cost to me. He did PT type modalities along with adjustments.
Compared to a few PT sessions I had at my regular MD's clinic - they said they tried to do the billing for the least amount out of pocket , but I always ended up with a bill.