About 2 months before my 2-level PLIF surgery in July this year, I bought a bicycle with the aim of achieving super fitness (ha! I would have settled for an 'improvement' at least). Well, I had it for about 2 weeks and found that it made my back pain worse - so it went back to the shop. When I come to think of it, the position I was in when I cycled was 'bent over', so this is probably why it hurt more.
I was thinking recently of trying to do some form of exercise that would improve my core strength. I walk and attend hydrotherapy once a week, but that's not enough in my opinion.
Have any of you taken up/returned to cycling after having had lumbar spine surgery - a PLIF maybe? Do you have a special bike that keeps your spine more upright? Or, have you given up cycling because it exacerbates your back pain?
I'd be very interested to hear of your experiences/views.
2 x Microdiscectomy 2005 / PLIFusion 2-level 2010 / revision surgery 2011 / NEVRO Senza spinal cord stimulator implanted February 2013. I WILL NOT GIVE IN / UP !!