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Anybody have experience with riding a motorcycle after L4-L5 fusion

I'm facing a L4-L5 fusion in early May. I know I'm going to be off my bike for awhile, but I would like to get a ballpark idea when I will be able to ride again. Reading some of the posts on other questions, I'm getting the idea that 6 weeks is a little optimistic.


  • Yes I had a L5-S1 fusion plus I fractured my L1 to L4 in a mc accident, its been about a year since the surgery I am able to ride for about an hour plus before the aches and pains really bother me. Six weeks is definitely optimistic I was told to wait at least 3 months which I did and was able to ride.

  • Talk to your surgeon to get a realistic idea. Depending on what procedure you're having and how your recovery goes, you may be sidelined for a while. You especially won't be riding while you're on narcotics, so it can be a while. Ask your doc.
    2015: Thoracic protrusions C7-T1, T3-4, T6-8
    Dec'13: 360FusionL4-S1 w/bone graft
    2013: 3x2-level disc injections: 12mo surgery postponement
    Dec'12: DiscogramL4-S1
    Sep/Oct'12: Bi-lateral Rhizo AblationsL4- S1
  • dfhughes57ddfhughes57 Posts: 32
    edited 04/29/2014 - 2:18 PM
    OldDog I just managed two hours on my motorcycle today believe it or not my back felt better after the ride I would have said it is a coincidence but this is the third time I noticed an improvement.
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