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swimming 1 month after lumbar fusion is it ok or should i ask the doc

crazyauntplayerccrazyauntplayer Posts: 23
edited 06/11/2012 - 8:34 AM in Exercise and Rehab
hi every one,im very new here and hope im in the right place with my question.i just had fusion 7/20/09,and im going crazy from not being able to do any thing.Walking i am doing every day but it really really hurts,I was just wondering if swimming would be ok,along with walking to of corse,i know how important that is. Im just not sure if its aloud yet??? Any and all answers welcome!!I JUST WANT TO SAY THANK YOU ALL VERY MUCH FOR BEING HERE!!!I found this site by accident,, BEST ACCIDENT I'V EVER HAD LOL Thank you and I hope every one has the best pain free day they can have GOD BLESS


  • best you check with dr. it is important you fuse properly. my guess is he will not let you swim until you are fused. of course there are certain strokes that cause twisting. maybe he'll let you do simple non twisting strokes. i use a snorkel to avoid twisting.....i hope fusion it happens quickly....pete
  • Thank you i really figured i should ask the doc first lol. I just thought walking in a pool woud be good. Again Thank You for taking the time to answer me. have a great day
  • Also --- make sure to take your meds before working out. It keeps your form good. I'm finding when my form is bad, I tend to aggravate my nerves more.
  • You are in the right place. Lots of people here who have had a fusion....

    Be sure to ask your surgeon. Some are very picky about when you can get the incision wet in a public pool, etc. If you just want to walk in the pool, your surgeon will probably OK it. Actual swimming is another matter.

    Check to see if aqua therapy is located in your area. That would be good for you. Even though swimming is supposed to be such great exercise, it isn't all that great for spineys. Kicking with a kick board is out, and you have to be careful otherwise. Having the arms extended over the head puts additional pressure on the lower lumbar spine when you are kicking. Also when you swim freestyle (crawl) it puts pressure on cervical discs and the lumbar area is in extension which is bad until you have fused.

    After you are fused, swimming with a snorkle is a good idea if you swim freestyle. Otherwise swimming on your back puts the least amount of pressure on the spine.

    You can get one of those float vests or belts and "water jog" to build up some endurance...or just walking in the water is very good for you.
  • At one month after lumbar fusion my doctor said that I could "WALK" in the pool. No swimming. No twisting. I'd check with your surgeon first.

  • I would agree with Pete on this, we all applaud your desire to do more and we all continue to try and do more most of the time, the key is to pace and having started slowly to keep going. This inactive stage is always difficult and we understand that it does seem logical to increases you activity levels, if walking it self is painful now then keeping going will come at a cost. You are experiencing where you current threshold is and only the foolish would knowingly exceed when an increased amount of pain suggest we should stop.

    I was told 12 months, nobody here wants to discourage you and being inventive in how we exercise is part on the bigger picture, I have never been able to walk to increase my fitness and now use my bike a static one at first, none weight bearing good for you BP and weight control and a psychological support of your distant goal.

    Ask you doctor what he suggests; we had exercise programs on prescription or see a PT or PM specialist.

    Good luck to you that positive and impatient attitude will help you along, used wisely and with a fair wind, you will soon be nearing you desirable short term goals.

  • This site has helped me realize how much in common in a lot of us have.Walking one month after a spinal fusion is great.I am trying to get out the door to do it myself.I was asking the same type of questions after my fusions-and people would look at me as if I were from Mars.I would check with your doctor,as mine told me the twisting motion of swimming would not be good for my back.I applaud you for even asking.Sounds like you have a good attitude.Always check things out with your doctor-as I have set myself back doing too much.Still need help finding my new limits.A month out I was not ready to even get the surgical site wet.Most of us aren't doctors and are just sharing experience and hope so-take the hope then ask your doc.Good Luck
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