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Physical therapy post TLIF

I start physical therapy in a couple of days at eight weeks post TLif. I am extremely nervous bc I reherniated the disc during my last bout with PT. anyone have suggestions as to thing a that helped and or hurt them during PT?


  • I've just had my first pt at 4 weeks post TLIF at L4-5. Therapist said i can't break the fusion or hardware and the disc won't reherneate as it isn't there any more. What he did warn against was adjacent segment syndrome where the next disc along goes if you overdo it.

    He gave me one exercise to strengthen the transverse ab muscle and another to gently mobilise the rest of my spine.
    I'm allowed to walk as much as I can.

    The bottom line was, if it hurts, stop and rest.

    Hope that helps,

    L5-S1 herniation. Both knee meniscus tear. L4-5 herniation - 2 x nerve block injections. L4-5 discectomy. L1-2 nerve block injection. L4-5 reherniation - TLIF fusion. 2016: L1-2 and L5-S1 retrolistheses and multiple facet joint degeneration.
  • Let me know how your PT goes. I have been putting mine off. I had my surgery 1/14/15. I've been walking about 1/2 a block. All I can manage.
  • avidswimmeraavidswimmer Posts: 11
    edited 03/19/2015 - 7:25 PM
    I started mine 8 weeks and I was scared. the PT gave me easy core exercise for the first month. the second month not much more then I realized is too slow, and everytime I asked him questions was mostly with the reply of ' I don't know'. so I changed PT after two months. In summary, find a good PT then someone who just want your money!
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