I had surgery on my l4/l5 disc a little bit over 2 months ago. As of right now the doctor has me on a limit of 10lbs when picking anything up, and the only type of exercise that is available to me is walking. He stated that within 1 month I can start swimming and 2 I can start up physical therapy again. This seemed kind of slow, but I was wondering what the timeline for other people were.
I am 20 so I am relatively young, and I feel great. I have some minor pain from the nerve, but have been told that this is most likely permanent. I use to do a lot of weight lifting and exercising in general. I was wondering if anyone had tips in regards to their timeline, or exercises that I should start up when possible. As of right now I have thought of swimming and cycling. But I wanted to know when I will be able to get back to bench pressing and light weight lifting. Some people have told me that it usually takes 6 months after surgery to start lifting again, and even more for deadlifts and squats. Any experiences that you guys can share?