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Inversion Table at 3 months Post Laminotomy OK?

JohnsferJJohnsfer Posts: 6
edited 06/11/2012 - 8:51 AM in Back Surgery and Neck Surgery
Hi there...

I am 3 months after my DDD in the L4/L5 Laminotomy and for the first 2 months I experienced major nerve pain down my right leg... I was prescribed Lyrica. It seemed to work, but I went to a pain specialist and she prescribed oral steroids for a week and boy did that work! No more leg pain and now I can finally get a full night's sleep and wear long pants!

Long story short, the pain in and around the surgical area has come back with sharp pains. I haven't lifted anything and the doctors are just keeping an eye on it. I will be taking an MRI next week and my blood shows normal levels of inflammation. The nurse says to live normally and do not lay in bed. So, that is what i'm doing. I have a trainer and he's been working with me lightly on rebuilding my strength... Slowly.

I have an inversion table and was wondering if that might help things... Has anyone used one at 3 months after surgery? I feel like I might pull something... They thought that I was young and strong enough not to have a fusion, so I'm even more concerned that I might so something to set me back.



  • not a doctor but my thoughts are since you've had a surgery check with your doctor.

    I had a micro discectomy that failed the first time. My new surgeon and I decided to give it a little time before doing the revision. I had asked him about the inversion table and for me it was ok to try but he doubted it would do much to help me since my pain was mostly leg and not back.

    But I really would just give your doctor a call to be safe.

  • Hi there...

    Well, just an update on my progress. It's been 11 months since my surgery and I am feeling better and better every week. I have hardly any pain at all, with the exception of some nerve pain down my right leg still. I definitely feel like I'm healing back to nearly normal.

    I have been doing Yoga and swimming laps to get my exercise and stretching. I feel that this is VERY important for recovery and without the Yoga I would not be this strong. Swimming is a way to keep off the lbs, not an easy task. ;)

    I just wanted to give an update since it seems that man come here to post issues and problems and then when everything goes well they stop giving updates.

    Be well!
  • That's good news.
    I am a big fan of not the inversion table, but something more suited for LBP:
    The Saunders Hometrac.
    I use it and I feel it saves my bacon.

    On the sunny and mild Central Coast of California

    L4-L5 endoscopic transforaminal microdiscectomy June, 2007
    L5-S1 endoscopic transforaminal microdiscectomy May, 2008
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