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How much is too much? 1 1/2 weeks post op.

Nicole74NNicole74 Posts: 123
edited 06/11/2012 - 8:29 AM in Exercise and Rehab
I'm one week and 3 days post op. I started walking on the treadmill two days ago. The first time I went very slow and ended up walking 1/2 mile. The second time I walked faster and I stopped at .75 miles. I'm not getting tired and I could go on quite a bit more. I do hold on the handle bars for extra support. I could easily walk for miles.

I use to run 6 miles a day until my injury. I then slowed down to walking and was walking 5 miles a day up until surgery.

How much is too much? I don't want to overdo it. I did ask the surgeon in the hospital, but he really didn't say how far I should be walking. He told me to wait a week before going on the treadmill and walk outside if possible. I couldn't walk outside with the ice and snow on the roads.


  • That's great you're feeling well. I change my post seeing how you get permission to treadmill so soon after surgery. That's great. I wish you sucess. Charry
    DDD of lumbar spine with sciatica to left hip,leg and foot. L4-L5 posterior disc bulge with prominent facets, L5-S1 prominent facets with a posterior osteocartilaginous bar. Mild bilateral foraminal narrowing c-spine c4-c7 RN
  • My problem is achey legs. Is this normal? I am post op 9 days.
  • I don't have achy legs. After my first walk they did feel like weak noodles from laying around for a week. Since then, they have felt fine.

    I walked 1.07 miles today. Maybe I went too far today. My muscle spasms are horrible and I have pain and numbness in my right arm. However, it does feel good to walk.
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