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Inversion table after back fusion?

kathyykkathyy Posts: 580
edited 06/11/2012 - 8:30 AM in Exercise and Rehab
I have an inverstion table that I used prior to my back fusion. Wondering if anyone has used this after fusion? I am 5 months post op.

I think I'll call my doc and ask...he may not want me to use it until full fused. But I do think I might help once I get the go-ahead to use it.


  • Hi Kathy,

    I too am interested in what your doctor says. What levels did you have fused? I ask because it may make a difference if you're L5/S1 fused or something higher than L5 as I am. I hope the response is positive (meaning it's okay).

  • Not a medical opinion, but I would caution anyone using an inversion table to be careful. My husband has used one for 1.5 years. He recently had a detached retina. I remember my physiatrist warning us about not going too inverted. While he is not sure the inversion table caused his detached retina, it does cause incresed pressure in the eye. And, really, using one makes no sense to me for disk health. You still have to contend with gravity when you get off the table! BTW, hubby will never use the inversion table again...---Mazy
  • I had fusion at L4-5 and have now had a smaller surgery at L5-S1. My surgeon said it was fine to use it -- "no problem." I think it is important to start at a lower angle to see how it feels.
  • Hello,

    I am almost 1 yr post op, fusion at T10,11,12,L1,2 and L3. Several months ago I feel like something is pinching me in my lower part right below my fusion area and its getting worse. So one day I went out to the Sporting good store and try the Inversion out......I am hook, I no longer have pinching nerves and I feel great. :-)
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