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!