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Stretching after surgery

I am three days post a microdisectomy of the L5S1. I feel pretty good and being sure to not over do it. I am walking everyday but want to know about stretching. I feel like my calfs and hamstrings are tight. Can I do squats and toe raises? I'm nervous about doing anything because I really don't want to go through this again.

Thank you, Samantha


  • The only instructions that you should be following are the ones specificially given to you by your surgeon. The only excercises you should be doing are the ones you were given by your surgeon. It is normal to want to get back into our lives quickly after back surgery, but you risk the outcome of your surgery by doing too much too soon. The restrictions are there for a reason, to avoid having to undergo all of this again , and having a very recent microdiscectomy can put that disc at risk of re-herniation if we don't follow the directions/restrictions given to us until they tell us otherwise.
    There are far too many cases of reherniation because patients start doing things they shouldn't far too early and ruin their outcomes.........don't be one of them.
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