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Motorcycle riding after microdiscectomy

Just checking if anyone out there has resumed riding on a motorcycle or bicycle after microdiscectomy surgery and if so, your own experience of when you resumed? I'm referring to normal riding, not motocross or racing. Also, if on a road bicycle, isn't it stressful for the back to get in the aero tuck position? Does it hurt during and after?

Thanks in advance for any shared experiences out there.


  • My surgeon told me I could resume riding 6-8 weeks post surgery. Unfortunately I re-herniated twice & ended up having a fusion. This time round he doesn't want me near a bike for 6-9 months post fusion :( I understand he wants me to be fused first. I ride a cruiser so I'm not sure about doing the aero tuck. I'd assume it wouldn't be too comfortable.
    I've gad the ok to ride a bicycle but haven't tried it yet. He cautioned me with 'ride on well formed tracks, no off road stuff & flat areas. We live in a hilly area so it's not possible yet.

    Microdiscectomy L5S1 January 2014
    Microdiscectomy L5S1 March 2014
    Fusion L5S1 11th August 2014
  • Motor1MMotor1 Pittsburgh, PaPosts: 552
    edited 12/12/2014 - 2:08 AM
    I had neck fusion surgery in June 2013 & my surgeon approved me to ride passenger on our bike , so in sept we took a trip from Pennsylvania to Key West Florida. Now, we did take our time getting there. Took lots of breaks. I think that was the best my neck ever felt! I was relaxed & having fun. I ended up needing another fusion surgery the following March & since then, I can no longer tolerate riding for very long. It really bothers me because that's the one thing my husband & I enjoy doing. Every year we would take trips across the country. I'm really hoping we can get back to that. I hope you can too.
  • se7enw00dsse7enw00d Posts: 11
    edited 12/12/2014 - 11:48 PM
    I'm one month post discectomy and haven't gotten on either the motorbike or a bicycle yet. When I read about people getting back to bicycling some months after surgery, I would have thought that would be worse than motorcycling because you're leaning forward somewhat and putting pressure on your lower back as you peddle. But then, maybe with the motorbikes, it's the vibrations that affect the spine?

    Cathy & Veronica thanks for your replies, keep a positive spirit and may you have many more riding years to come!
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