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4 Month Post Op L5 S1 Microdiscotomy Recovery Update

Good Morning All,
Wanted to provide an update and best practices now that I am 4 months post op.
I had MD of L5S1 on December 3rd.

I began PT one month after but began walking daily two days after surgery.
I have found staying mobile and active has been key to my recovery.
There have been days when my lower back and hip and glutes were tight, but I remained committed to stretching daily and icing consistently. I also got into a regimine of 2 aleve in the morning and 1 at night.

When I returned back to work, I got a lumbar support piece for my back to support proper posture. I also found that if I didn't get up every hour to walkand stretch I would endbeingin a lot of pain. The more I made getting up and stretching and icingduring thd day the more results I saw.

Ihad the chronic tightness in hip and glute, but I keep focus on my stretching andicing and mkae it a point to get a deep tissuemassage weekly to promote better rangeof motion and muscle recovery.

Ijust completed 3rd month of PT and have decided to stop. I began workingout about a month ago and wanted to keepdoingPT so I could inform my therapists of what I was doing and the pain I encountered when working out again.

This weeekend I ran 3.1miles straightwith my girflriend and justwoke up feelingfine. I have to saystaying focused and lllstening toyour body is supperimportant. I have tried to be very discplined with my recovery andapply modificationswhenI'm workingout to compensate for movementsI can'tdo.

Iplan to get a MRI 2 monthsfrom now to see how the disc and nerve are in the L5S1are.

I wish you all the best and can't stress enought the below.

Stretch your glutes, hips, hamstrings and lower back daily
Keep active walk everyday 1mile-2miles is a great goal
Ice and advile as needed
If working fromoffice get up every 1hrmax to walkaroundand stretch
Foam Roll FoamRoll your hip and ITband will thank you

All the best!


  • EmmyallydrewEEmmyallydrew Posts: 1
    edited 04/02/2015 - 4:12 AM
    Happy to hear you are having a smooth recovery. How long before you were able to run again, and has your spine started to fuse yet? I am 7 weeks post op of a L5S1 fusion and at my six week post op the X-ray showed that my spine has not started to fuse yet. My goal is to be able to run again, does it feel any different running after a fusion?

    Sorry for all the questions.

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