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Forcing/exerting a leg weakness

I have weakness in one of my legs in flexion (i.e. standing up on toes) due to a herniated disc; since got a micro discectomy and relieved pressure off the nerve, but the weakness is still present week 2 post op (not unusual I hear).

My question: is it beneficial or damaging to train myself to force through as hard as I can to try to stand on my weak foot? Will this help it grow signal again, or otherwise prevent normal recovery?

I feel like I want to train that foot by trying hard. Not sure if it's advised.


  • Has your surgeon mentioned post surgical Physical Therapy? I'd start there. They would be able to guide you in building up these muscle groups without damaging your spine.
    33yo mom of two. My surgical history...preadolescence scoliosis, kyphosis, and a hot mess.... 5 spine surgeries and lots of items added I wasn't born with (titanium, peek, surgical steel). Guess cremation is out. TSA loves me.
  • Thanks AllMetal,
    I think it's too early for PT yet, I have yet to go for my 2 week follow-up appointment. The surgeon said we'd start with "rehab" (I assume this means PT) after that.
    The reason I'm asking is... there is no pain when I try to lift myself up on the weak foot. I just don't know if trying will help (or not).
  • dilaurodilauro ConnecticutPosts: 9,875
    might be too early to really determine the outcome of your surgery and what you need to do for recovery.
    Talk all this over with your doctor, they are the ones that will tell you what is needed and when
    Ron DiLauro Spine-Health System Administrator
    I am not a medical professional. I comment on personal experiences
    You can email me at: rdilauro@veritashealth.com
  • Had my follow-up, apparently "forcing" through the weakness is not a problem, "it might even be good, you're using those nerves" said the surgeon. Probably useless.
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