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Post op rehab questions/ exercise and work???

FormerfireFFormerfire Posts: 148
Hi everyone!

For those who have helped me so much - thankyou!!!

I am 7 weeks post op now and the nerve pain is nearly at 0 (unless i drive) and i can sit through a movie which is also good.

My current questions are

1) I am noticing that the spine 2-3 higher than the herniation L5S1 is saw and achey ( is this just because those muscles are working really really hard).

2) my muscles are all really tight- is it ok to get massage now?

3) i have been told to do Pilates now.....what else do you recommend for rehab ( i want to make sure i heal well and get myself in decent condition).

4) THe biggie - I am faced with the decision to go back to work yet or not. NOW - the money would be good, but we wont die without me working. I only work 4hrs.day 3 days a week but it is sitting and i am not really sure if i can pull it off yet. I am worried that going back to work i will forget to exercise and get in shape..........maybe i need to focus on that for a while so i never end up here again. Any suggestions???

Thanks as always :)


  • Hey Fire,
    it's nice to see you back!Glad you are doing so well!
    To quickly answer your questions:
    1.If can make it w/o the money you bring,give yourself some more time to heal completely.
    2.Try very light massage,if not painful it'll help tightness.
    3.Don't seek rehab ideas for everybody's issues differ.If possible,meet with a Physical Therapist to get evaluated and start from there.After 8 mo,I finally started PT for 2 wks now.It started very slowly,but I see the results every day,literally.Doing it under PT supervision 3/wk.She gives me home work and I follow it to the letter.
    Good luck and let us know how it goes.

  • Thanks Gogo

    Always good advice :)

    Just one question then... is a physical therapist just american for physiotherapist here? I want to make sure i choose the right person who will help me.
  • Yep,and everywhere else in the world it is a physiotherapist.
    That's the one we all need. ;)
    Really nice to have you back!

    G. 8)
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