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walking on a flat surface

backman38bbackman38 Posts: 37
edited 06/11/2012 - 8:27 AM in Back Surgery and Neck Surgery

I've been at it for some time and I wondered why the surgeons require us to walk on flat even surfaces?

What if all you have is a bowed road that goes up but not too steeply?




  • I haven't ever been told that. In fact when I was walking with the physio on the treadmill she often put it on a gentle incline.
    At the same time I have noticed that when I do walk even a gentle hill it is a lot harder on my back then a flat surface.
    Hope that helps you and I would be interested in reading others replies.
    Blessings Sara O:)
  • I just started walking and our road is very hilly (not super steep though). And my leg gets worse when I walk. I'm sure it's because the hills put your back at an angle to have to work harder. I also wonder if, when we have to walk up hill, our posture is forced into a position that's not the best for a disc or other spine problem.

  • I was told to walk on flat surfaces, not because of an incline. I was told to avoid walking on "uneven" surfaces because it increases your chances of losing your footing, falling or righting yourself abrutly causing pain. Maybe thats what your doctor meant.


    PS I walk 4 miles a day, five days a week.
    Emergency surgery in March of 2006 for spinal infection of L 2 and L 3. During surgery, discovered I had Cauda Equina Syndrome. Spine became unstable after surgery and had 360 fusion with 10 pedicle screws, plates and rods in April of 2007.
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