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I had a Micro D over a year ago, can I resume jogging

AnonymousUserAAnonymousUser Posts: 49,671
edited 06/11/2012 - 8:30 AM in Lower Back Pain
I had a MicroD in January of 2008, I feel great. I've heard conflicting reports about resuming jogging. Have any of you tried jogging after surgery?


  • My husband resumed running after having ruptured the disk between L5 and S1. He did not have surgery but was very patient and it eventually healed on its own. He very gradually returned to physical activity...first walking for a long time and then he eventually started running again. This was 16 years ago and he is still running and has had no further problems. He does his "back" exercises faithfully, every single day.

    I agree that you should ask your surgeon. The advice your surgeon gives you will be based on his training and experience. My surgeon was very annoying -- he would say I could do anything I wanted. If it hurt he figured I would stop doing it. I know other surgeons would say that jogging/running is very hard on the joints, including those of the spine, and they discourage it.

    If you do decide to take it up again, be sure you proceed very slowly and gradually.
  • Thanks...I guess the only thing that I am struggling with is that I've had conflicting reports from separate opinions. One of the dr's thinks that running is bad for you and your joints in general and doesn't recommend it for anybody. The other said that i could, but keep it to the treadmill, no more than 30 minutes, and don't run any marathons or do pavement running. It's been over a year, I walk, swim, and use the ellipitical frequency, so I'm going to give it a try and stop if something doesn't feel right.
  • I think that you can give it a try, however you might want to change your body mechanics and try to run with 'light step'. Most people when jog stump the feet on the ground that is hard for joints, ragardless if it is on paved road or on treadmill.
  • I ran before my injury but I think it may have contributed to my problems...so, for me, I'm not going to be running again. -That's just my personal decision...I don't want to go through all of this ever again.
  • I am surprised a doctor told you to run on a treadmill but not on pavement. I understand that he was thinking only of the "jolt" factor. But I've been told by a number of specialists that deal in body mechanics that treadmills are not preferable due to the repetitious nature of the body's movements. Any small movement that is done over and over and over is really hard on the nerves and soft tissue. When you run or walk outside you just naturally use the body more freely. The pace may vary ever so slightly, the stride can change, again maybe ever so slightly, but it does vary.

    I think most people would agree that running is hard on the joints. All medical data would support that opinion.

    So, when you love to run, this is a hard decision.
  • I gave up running. I am probably not a hard core runner like you, but I ran 5-6 days (light jogging) a week. I think that was the last straw that made my disc turn for the worst.

    I had 2 surgeries on the same disc, so I don't have a lot of disc matter left. Factoring other medical issues concerning my back, I will find something else to do once I am released to exercise.

  • BrianR,

    I had an L5-S1 microdiscectomy 6 months ago. My surgery went very well but I then had scar tissue issues. I got a selective nerve root block shot about 3 months ago to schrink the scar tissue. This has helped quite a bit. I have been walking 55 minutes a day for the past 2 months but wanted very badly to start jogging again. My pain doctor had originally told me NEVER to run again. My surgeon told me that I could start elliptical and VERY LIGHT jogging after 6 months. I had a meeting with my surgeon a couple days ago and he cleared me to start light jogging again. Did a little 5K training with my 10 year old daughter last night, at only a 10 minutes mile pace (31 minutes total). I don't feel any worse for wear this morning so I'm hoping for the best.
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