I can't believe it has been 4 weeks since my L5/S1 fusion! I am doing well and have to remind myself that I had MAJOR surgery and am still healing. I am back to working almost full time (work for myself so I can juggle things a lot and work when I want to most of the time). It does feel good to be back in a more normal routine.
I am still only walking about 20 minutes a day. I want to increase it but not sure I am ready yet.
I went to the chiropractor and massage therapist today. My massage therapist even worked lightly on my lower back and especially the SI joints - which have OA - and are still painful and will probably be painful for the rest of my life. My chiropractor said not to get injections of steroids in the the SI joints as though it can help the pain, in the long term it can cause more deterioration. I wasn't a big fan of it anyway but now I have a good reason
The therapist worked on a lot of very tight muscles, mostly on my right side - and it felt wonderful to get them to loosen up.
My chiropractor said that my pelvis was completely twisted to the point that my right leg was one inch shorter than my left leg. It was also showing some weakness. She adjusted my pelvis and the adjustment did hurt my back although after it was done, I saw a huge improvement in my walking now that my legs are the same length again! My psoas is in complete spasm but it is too soon for her to adjust that, maybe at 8 weeks post op. There is a lot of inflammation and I am guarding the area which causes all my other muscles to go into spasms but that is to be expected at 4 weeks post op.
I will probably go back in for a massage again in another 1-2 weeks and then try to wait another 4 before my next adjustment unless it is getting really bad. She did tell me to start doing some stretches though.
I go back in 2 weeks for my first post-op - won't see the n-surg but his nurse instead. I am hoping they will clear me for more exercise and PT. I am ready, just don't want to do anything that will hurt myself.
Here is my question - what kind of bone growth can you see at 6 weeks post op? I hear that sometimes you can see the start of some? What have others seen at this point in time?