This is not meant to be a gloomy post, but instead a warning or bit of advice.
I've read a number of posts over the years dealing with the subject of activities after surgery.
Activities - they need to be identified and discussed with your doctor for approval and to find out if there are any adjustments that need to be made to that activity
For example, if you are a downhill skier, the mogul runs may be ruled out.
I think most people can understand that.
But I think the more subtle activities can be the ones that get us into trouble.
We head into surgery because of the various pains and problems we were experiencing. Surgery then eliminates that pain and we start to move on. Our doctors provide us with the information regarding all the restrictions and limitations we need to adhere to. Most of us will remember this and follow those instructions to the tee.
BUT Then.... when we start to feel better, slowly we tend to forget about those limitations. Simple ones , such as when bending, instead of bending at the knees we bend at the waist. When we start to forget about things like this, we could just be setting ourselves up for future problems.
I know, I am one of those folks who once they got better , threw out the rule book. Then again I was in my late 20's to mid 30's and I know I was invincible and spinal problems were not going to stop me from doing what I wanted.
I also know that because of that mindset, I eventually had 3 additional lumbar surgeries, 3 cervical, a number of active (but not erupting) thoracic discs... Can this be proven? Hard to say, but the same doctor who did all those surgeries sure believes that with better care, I may NOT had to have all those additional surgeries.
But it has been proven that BECAUSE of those 7 spinal surgeries and countless Spinal injections, I developed a degenerative arthritic problem that as of lately required two complete shoulder replacements, 1 complete hip replacement with the other hip deteriorating as I write.
But even following all the rules, there are times we may do just a little too much.. What that little too much differs from person to person. Still the end result is the same. We get flare ups that put us down for a little, make us worry a bit and slow things down.
Those flare ups should serve as a lesson for all of us. If we are going to play, when then might have to pay
There is NO grantee that even IF you follow all the rules, play it smart, that future spinal problems could happen.
I encourage everyone to pay more attention to what we have been told. Our bodies can get stronger and our
minds play such an important role in our futures, dont allow your mind to forget!
Ron DiLauro Spine-Health System Administrator I am not a medical professional. I comment on personal experiences