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P.O. Microdisckectomy Recovery and Physio Theripy?

AnonymousUserAAnonymousUser Posts: 49,671
edited 06/11/2012 - 8:27 AM in Exercise and Rehab
I'm 1 week and 4 days post op from micro disk.. Blah blah... I'm only 20 years of age, I have DDD in my L4-L5 which is what caused the herniation. I had a sciatica pain in my left leg. I read about recovery from pain taking weeks, and to just wait. Now I over worked my back. I didn't feel pain, then retreat. I got hurt in November 2007 moved to florida working as a stable hand 12 hour days with only 2 days off in a good month.. The job is hands on, lifting, shoveling, pulling, running, riding. I worked through that pain for a year before I finally saw the neurosurgeon. Thats alot of beating to my back. When should I start doing PT? What have people done to get in shape and maintain a strong core / back to avoid hernation? and When did you start and what did you start doing? I'm in no rush, but I plan to get back into riding again soon, and I need to make sure I don't do anything wrong to hurt myself!


  • I'm a P.T. and you should have already started. Look for a spine specialist-all P.T.s will say they work on spine problems. Try to find someone familiar with Stuart McGill's work. The big thing you need is body mechanic training to avoid flexing the low back. Also good core training along with hip mobility and good hip strength. Avoid flexing your low back during training also. Good luck!
  • I had L5S1 microd too and was told by neurosurgeon to walk walk walk only walk for 6 weeks. Then was given the all clear to do PT. It has been and is a long road.....dont jump in too quick, be guided by a really good neurosurgeon and an excellent back surgery specialising PT
  • My doc told me to walk after surgery and had me wait 6 weeks before starting physical therapy. 2 weeks after surgery I was allowed to ride a stationary bike. Obviously, what to do depends on your individual situation.
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