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Examples of light exercise TLIF 4-5 w/ cage post 5 wks

What are some good stretches for me. I am 5 wks post op TLIF 4-5 with cage and want some examples of light stretching exercises. I go back to my doctor in 4 weeks. I am not having any trouble walking 30 minutes or 45 min. Need to try to be more consistent and walk daily. I think I have been bending to much. Is squaring at your knees better to do than bending over? Grateful for any examples of light stretches or websites to find some. I used to be real flexible.
Thank You
Post op TLIF 4-5 with Cage


  • None of us can give you any post op stretches. Any post op restrictions or permissions need to come only from your surgeon. It would be unwise to do anything other than what you were told to do, or not do, because you risk the successful outcome of your surgery.
    If you were told no bending, lifting, twisting, etc, weight restrictions, you need to follow them. Walking is supposed to be done many times per day, and in most cases, that is all that the doctors want you to do until you are cleared for physical therapy or any other excercises once you are seen.
  • All you should be doing at this point is walking, and be sure to split it up. Three one-mile walks a few hours apart will be better for you than one three-mile walk. I learned that the hard way at about three weeks post-op (L4-L5-S1 TLIF)

    It was so nice and cool in the mall (90+ and humid outside) and i was having some major "cabin fever" that I thought nothing of making a full lap (2.5 miles) of the place, but by that night, I was a wreck.

    Nine weeks out is a good time to start PT, so be patient! And definitely no BLTS! (Bending, lifting, twisting or stretching) Get a long-reach grabber so you don't need to be bending over for anything.
    August 2013 C7-T1 MED
    July 2013 L4-L5-S1 TLIF
    December 2011 C5-C6 ADR
    April 2009 L5-S1 MED
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