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Massage after Spinal Fusion

How soon after a multi level Spinal fusion (PLIF) can you get a massage?


  • brandis77bbrandis77 Posts: 195
    edited 06/01/2015 - 8:58 AM
    I had a 2-level cervical ADR and NOT a fusion, so I don't know if my experience would be helpful for you or not, but I thought I'd at least share. :) I was having bad headaches for at least 6 weeks post-op, and my surgeon sent me to a PT's office for massage only (he felt it was too early for PT). I'm not sure how familiar with my procedure the different massage therapists were since it is not as common as fusion surgery, but they all did a great job loosening up the muscles in my neck, which finally eliminated my frequent and terrible headaches.

    Have you talked to your surgeon about this? Are you wanting to get a massage to address a problem in the area of your surgery or just a general massage? If I were you, I wouldn't go ahead without your surgeon's guidance.
    L4/5/S1 scar tissue removal surgery, plus unexpected L4/5 microdiscectomy #2 October 2015
    L4/5 microdiscectomy May 2015
    2-level ADR C4-6 (Mobi-C) February 2015
  • RhondabRRhondab Posts: 6
    edited 06/03/2015 - 5:18 PM
    Thanks, I did contact Surgeon and he said no massage in Fusion area, but ok for other areas, neck, shoulders, etc. it goes to show to double-check when unsure. Think willl schedule, at least get other areas loosened up and make me feel better!
  • I'm 16wks post op and my PT says I'm ok for massage and dry needling; but as always check with your surgeon.
    TLIF w/ Facetectomy March 2013
    ALIF with disc implants and hardware revision February 2015
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