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Started physical therapy 5 weeks after L4-S1 fusion.nov. 30

weavemanwweaveman Posts: 61
edited 06/11/2012 - 8:49 AM in Back Surgery and Neck Surgery
I saw my spine surgeon Jan. 6 and he said all hardware is tight and it's too early for bone growth. When he asked how I felt, I told him my back ached, and I had a few zingers everyday, but the worst was the burning in my hips and butt.

After he refilled my oxycontins and oxycodones, he said he
wanted me to try some limited stretching and very limited strengthening at physical therapy.

I went last tuesday for the first time after surgery, and
to my surprise, I walked out of there with no burning in my
hips!! Now, when the burning starts I just stretch my hamstrings and most of the burning goes away. I haven't even refilled my prescriptions as stretching seems to be enough relief, and if I do need something for my back, a norco seems to do the trick. I wish someone at the hospital would have shown me that and alot of my pain could have been prevented.

I just wanted to share some good news about pain, and how some simple stretches have helped more than narcotics for some of it.

Hope everyone keeps healing well!! Kevin



  • Good for you. Post-op my hamstrings were so tight it was horrible. I started PT 2 weeks post-op in the pool. Once I actually got some stretching going it helped a lot. As you mover further along and get to walking a lot. Don't be surprised if, like me, your calves start tightening up too. A simple calf stretch will help a lot.

    I'm a year post-op and still have tight hamstrings and still stretch them daily. I swear he shortened the muscles that connect my back to my legs and they constantly tug my hamstrings... LOL
  • I was so amazed at how much just simple stretching could relieve pain! Once I realized that, I became very addicted to stretching numerous times a day. Unfortunately I stretched a bit too much and tore my SCS anchors out, so now I have to do modified stretches that have taken me a long time to figure out how to accomplish. Plus a good stretch makes me feel good, way better than any pain medication ever did. Glad you are doing better!

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