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Need to start strengthening my abs especially after surgery

kathyykathyy Posts: 581
edited 06/11/2012 - 1:26 PM in Exercise and Rehab
First time posting in this Exercise forum. I am now about 8 weeks post op PLIF/decompression with instrumentation. Only exercise I'm doing now is walking. Doc says I'm beginning to fuse and OK'd me for "getting back to exercising - gently."

Am 56. I have been a runner and regular gym attender most of my life but in the last 2 years, as my back became progressively more painful (before I knew what extreme problems were developing in my L4-5) I simply stopped exercising. Eventually I could hardly walk. Extreme stenosis, spondy level 2 and huge synovial cyst have left me recovering from lots of nerve damage but getting better every day and the nerves are healing.

Now I'd like to start some easy ab exercises to help take the strain off my lower back muscles but my big exercise ball doesn't feel good on my incision sites (one for bone graft harvest). Does anyone have a suggestion for exercises that don't irritate the surgery site?? I know lots of exercises for abs but they all tend to hurt the incision site which is still pretty sore.

Sorry for the long post!!!!
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  • :) one really easy, painless, way to work the abs and the core it to use an execise ball. =D> you can do a workout on these muscle groups just be sitting on the ball and keeping your balance. :D alot of us sit on it and use the computor sometimes. be sure and ask your doctor about any and all exercise plans. :-C you might be ready for some pt as well. good luck! Jenny :)
  • There are several exercises that are good for building up core muscles in the abdomen. A simple one that my PT therapist had me doing is lying flat on your back with legs straight. Lift one leg off the floor about 6 - 9 inches, keeping the leg straight. Hold for 10 seconds and then repeat. Do several reps. Repeat for the other leg. When you get some strength back in the abs you can do the exercise lifting both legs at the same time. Important to pull the belly button in and keep breathing throughout when the leg is up.
    Keep positive!

    Bruce

    ...an old timer here and ex-moderator

  • Yes, this a good idea for the people after surgery thank you for a good tip.


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  • Thanks for the tips and information given in the post above.. Before starting your abs exercises you should get complete tips and guidance about the abs exercise and diet to be followed... You can get good tips and guidance from the site EDITED. They are too good in providing good tips....



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