Hi there I broke my back 2 and a half months ago, compressing my L1 by 35% and bursting my L3 completely. I had my L4-L2 fused and have been wearing a brace to support my L1 and T11 fractures. I took the advice not to fly the 9hours home as the flight would be too traumatic on my back until my brace comes off. In 2 weeks i'll be at 3 months post surgery and my surgeon has said I can then start weening off my brace. He has also given me permission to go in the pool and remove my brace in the meantime. I went 'swimming' today for the first time and it felt good. MY QUESTION: how much and what type of water exercises are best? I walked a bit, used a floatie to steady myself whilst i kicked my back legs to do laps and stretched my knees to my chest. I have avoided breast stroke and using my arms to swim for now. I would like to go to the pool everyday for an hour but is this too excessive? Im not supposed to start physio until my brace comes off in 2-4 weeks. Thanks in advance!!